A Message from Ms Gail Cluff, Principal
Welcome to the MGHS website. My name is Ms Cluff and I feel extremely privileged to be the Principal of this highly regarded school.
MGHS has a team of educators that consistently provide our students with a wide range of whole school and in class learning experiences in a supportive environment that enables our students to achieve to their best.
Our school has a relentless focus on teaching and learning and the experienced staff has an excellent knowledge of content. So one could say ………….What matters most at MGHS is …….what happens in our learning spaces. That means; ……..Not only what is taught but how it is taught, ……….. as research tells us this combination will provide students with the knowledge, capabilities, skills and values to become productive members of a rapidly changing society.
Our school has a very positive culture. MGHS's purpose is to encourage young women to achieve their personal best and beyond, empowering them with the necessary skills to be successful citizens in an ever changing world. This purpose is embodied in our school motto – Vis Viva – the living force and forms the basis of our school culture.
All decisions made at the school are based on our pride values. The students show pride in themselves, pride in our achievements and pride in our school, including its traditions and environment.
This acronym PRIDE stands for
P – participation: taking an active role in the school and in the community
R – respect: respecting ourselves, treating others and our environment with thoughtfulness and consideration
I – Integrity: consistently being honest, trustworthy and reliable
D – diversity: accepting and treating others with respect regardless of differences, celebrating the diversity of our multicultural school
E – excellence. striving to achieve our best – having high expectations of ourselves and others. Making sure that our work and behaviour are of the highest quality and reflect our potential.
The culture of our school is underpinned by this simple yet highly effective values system.
During recent years, the school has implemented significant programs and initiatives. In 2010, MGHS was chosen as the first centre for excellence school in NSW as part of the National partnership on improving teacher quality.
The nomination of our school acknowledged the exceptional standard of teaching that resulted in students learning outcomes amongst the highest in the state. Our 3 year initiative focused on improving student literacy in the early years of their secondary education. Enhanced literacy skills for our students will form the strong foundation on which to achieve higher order learning outcomes throughout their lives.
Varying types of data was collected to see if our strategies improved our students learning outcomes. One type of data was the results from the external Naplan tests.
In 2011, outstanding results were attained in Naplan data –it showed that the students at MGHS performed well above the State public schools in Writing and spelling.
21% of year 9 students at MGHS achieved the highest band – a band 10 - in writing compared to 8.1% statewide with 19% of MGHS students achieving a band 9 compared to 9.6% statewide. That is 40% of the 2011 year 9 students achieved in the highest two bands.
These are incredible results, particularly in light of the fact that approximately 86% of our 1060 students are from language backgrounds other than English.
At MGHS, we believe that students will achieve to their potential when parents, staff and students work together and support each other to create the best learning environments possible.
I commend our website to you. I hope it provides you with detailed information about our school and also provides an insight into what makes the learning community at MGHS so unique and why our students enjoy ……being a Macarthur girl.