Our current Strategic Plan ends its tenure at the end of 2021. It has served us well since it was implemented in 2018 and has been the guiding force as the school expanded ambitiously and successfully into the SACE and more intentional and sophisticated implementation of the Australian Curriculum in every other part of the school. We are collectively proud of the significant achievements implemented in line with the Plan, especially in relation to governance and the quality of our teaching and learning programs.
Throughout 2021, the Senior Leadership Team and the PVIS Board have been working with students, staff and parents to collaboratively design the new plan. A highlight of the community engagement was a large and well attended Workshop, hosted by Holiday Inn. A number of external experts contributed to the plan and the school would like to thank and acknowledge Dr Phil Cummins from A School for Tomorrow and Hazel Kirkham from Breadfruit Consulting. The new Strategic Plan was approved by the PVIS Board on 24th November 2021.
The new Strategic Plan includes a refreshed and revised Vision, Mission and Values. Key highlights include:
a stronger connection to serving Vanuatu, including our commitment to contribute to the national vision to become STABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND PROSPEROUS as outlined in Vanuatu 2030.
a recognition that the type of learning required for tomorrows world needs to be COURAGEOUS, BOLD AND INNOVATIVE
As the school heads into its 30th year in 2022 it does so with a stronger and more intentional identity. ‘The PVIS WAY’ is an articulation of this identity and set of values – it is the school’s ‘DNA’: how we teach, learn, care and lead. It is the outcome of the many wonderful students, staff, families and community members who have developed the school to what it is today, and will be tomorrow
refreshed set of values that are linked to the PVIS Way: EXCELLENCE, RESPECT, CURIOSITY, COURAGE AND EQUALITY
affirms that the school will seek opportunities and innovative solutions with a social and environmental conscience, which particularly reflects the ambitions and hopes of our students
Our Strategic Plan – Today‘s learning for tomorrow’s world
TODAY’S LEARNING FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD – ‘THE PVIS WAY’
‘The PVIS Way’ is our DNA – how we learn, teach, care and lead:
When we collaborate with and learn from each other – students, families and staff –we CREATE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION that our students, our school, Vanuatu and the world need.
When we CREATE A RESPECTFUL CULTURE and we encourage our students to flourish, we value educators for their growth and expertise, and we support families for their positive commitments to our community.
When we CREATE SPACE FOR CURIOSITY, all parts of our school community can explore options and discover ways in which we can serve each other and build a better school.
When we CREATE COURAGEOUS, BOLD AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS, we can experience today’s learning for tomorrow’s world.
When we CREATE AN EQUITABLE COMMUNITY, we empower all members of our school to discover their potential.
Port Vila International School is the leading independent school in Vanuatu.
We serve education in our country and help to build our national vision to become STABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND PROSPEROUS by being an exceptional learning community, that nurtures exceptional individuals
To promote the learning and wellbeing of every student in a diverse, caring and welcoming community so that they will thrive in Vanuatu and beyond as the creators and advocates for their future.
To inspire belief in self and others and help us all learn what is possible during a wonderful adventure of exciting possibilities.
To seek opportunities and create innovative solutions with a social and environmental conscience.
EXCELLENCE that inspires us to rise to the challenge of delivering our best for each other, our school, Vanuatu and the world.
RESPECT that brings us together to engage with honour and celebrate our different perspectives and contributions.
CURIOSITY that empowers our minds to wonder, to think for ourselves and to seek improvement in all we do throughout our lives.
COURAGE that helps us to lead the way forward with boldness and create solutions that will leave a positive legacy.
EQUITY that enables and affirms that we will not be limited by gender, ethnicity or class and that we treat all in our community with fairness.
TODAY’S LEARNING FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD – LET’S CREATE TOMORROW TOGETHER
The Four Strategic Pillars, Descriptors, Goals and Strategies
PILLAR 1 – TEACHING, CARING AND LEARNING
We continue to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is further and better contextualised for our learners. This understanding of how to use knowledge in real-life contexts builds character, empathy and resilience. Interwoven academic and wellbeing programs create an environment in which all can achieve personal excellence. Teaching and supporting environmental responsibility and action is essential.
The further implementation of this curriculum will be intentionally differentiated, progressive and contextualised by pursuing different pedagogies and collaboration, personalisation, and the use of technology to support learning delivery.
Flexible approaches are established in the facilitation of learning through a broad, responsive and engaging curriculum adapted to meet the needs of our diverse student population, our context and the goal of learning that is worthy in the life the learner will lead.
A capabilities approach to learning is successfully implemented: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking.
Technology that supports differentiated learning delivery, learning delivery and ability and future career aspirations and intentions is developed and implemented.
A proactive culture of child safety and student wellbeing that supports students to achieve their personal best is embedded within the school.
STRATEGIES 1 Year horizon
Embed our school values in the way we teach, learn and care by modelling and articulating them within and outside of the classroom, and with the wider community
Continue to adapt and refine the Early Years Framework, Australian Curriculum and the SACE to develop a comprehensive PVIS curriculum which best meets the needs of our students, community and circumstances of our school
Appoint a learning enhancement lead to improve the support of students with specific learning needs
Implement a staff Plan for Growth program that focuses on identifying the impact that teachers have and collaboratively implementing a plan to improve and increase that impact. This will include training in coaching and linking staff with external mentors (e.g., virtual department heads)
Explore what progressive curriculum and learning is like in a range of schools and contexts to develop an intentional framework for teaching and learning at PVIS, and further partner with a range of leading organisations and educational leaders
Further develop policies and procedures that support teaching, learning, caring as well the compliance and strategic and operational objectives of the school
STRATEGIES 3 Year horizon
Use data to drive the development of proactive programs that relate to school culture and The PVIS Way
Develop a whole of school approach to learning enhancement to serve students with specific learning needs(with a multi-year implementation)
Further improve and expand the Yumi Strong Wellbeing Framework across the whole school
Pursue the design of a PVIS led ‘Vanuatu Teaching Excellence Institute’ to provide initial teacher training and ongoing teacher training within the PVIS context, to develop teachers for our school and learners and Vanuatu as a whole
Providing additional meaningful opportunities to apply acquired knowledge, skills and understanding in different contexts through partnering with local and international organisations and businesses, and in the design of curriculum
Support and empower staff leadership roles to facilitate a school wide approach to restorative practice
Expand the schools structured speech events and in class program (PVIS Voices) across K-12
Explore additional options for outdoor and experiential education opportunities and performing arts education
Enhance and extend our delivery of the SACE with a focus on the inclusion of community learning as a part of students SACE Experience, take better advantage of the flexibilities built into the SACE, pursue a potential SACE College or Matriculation model.
STRATEGIES 5-10 YearS and beyond horizon
Develop a future-focused PVIS Digital Learning and Teaching strategy- that may include coding, robotics, digital delivery of learning, AI, digital citizenship
The school has a rich music, choral and performing arts program
Curriculum Design that allows for an agile learning environment, mastery and personalised learning. For example: explore further opportunities for collaboration outside of year levels, increased student agency, educational models where students aren’t confined by their age or entry point, opportunities for skill development and attainment across stages and ages
Explore alternative or blended post-school options for students (e.g. school-based apprenticeships or cadetships, other local post-secondary education providers)
A 21st Century Library that uses technology to enrich extend and students through reading, research and reflection.
Teams of teachers sharing and collaborating locally and globally
PILLAR 2 – ‘OUR PEOPLE’ AND ‘OUR CULTURE
We continue to enhance existing practices to develop skills, nurture talent, support social and emotional wellbeing, evidence based practice, and embrace new methodologies and digital competencies for the benefit of our students. These practices form part of our best practice – ‘The PVIS Way’.
We will define, articulate and nourish our culture – ‘The PVIS Way’. We believe that culture is essential to enabling us to adapt, evolve and realise our potential as people and as an organisation. By supporting and empowering staff to be the leaders of learning and wellbeing, PVIS will continue to build a strong collegial culture in which we assume shared responsibility for individualised student learning, development, and success
The school has a strong and resilient organisational culture that embeds our mission and values.
We will invest wisely and consciously in our students and our staff to enable personal and professional growth and performance.
The school will attract and retain high calibre teachers and staff to ensure quality delivery of and support to educational programs and initiatives.
Our teachers are empowered to collaborate, experiment and innovate.
The school is recognised for its strong wellbeing culture and initiatives.
Our vibrant, engaged and active parent community supports and seeks involvement in school activities.
STRATEGIES 1 Year horizon
Embed our renewed school mission, vision and values and strategic plan pillars in the way we teach, learn and care by modelling and articulating them within and outside of the classroom and with the wider community
Collect data from parents, students and staff about the school and use this data to inform future priorities and innovations in teaching, learning and caring programs
Creation of a strategy that further enhances our , leadership development, coaching and staff learning pathways
Further develop strategies to support parental engagement and contributions to the school through Year Parents and other formal and informal opportunities, especially in relation to improving parental engagement in student learning and achievement
Engage with the SACE Change Network to offer the Learner Profile and new SACE Capabilities model in 2022 and beyond. This project will offer our students a new, additional university pathway and will reward them for not just their knowledge and subject skills but track and acknowledge the capabilities they have developed in Quality Thinking, Personal Enterprise, Engagement and Collective Impact. Ethical Understanding and Personal Growth and Learning.
Development of a new Workplace Health and Safety framework.
STRATEGIES 3 Years and beyond horizon
Develop a long-term strategy to support a culture of learning across the school, informed by various data sources
Develop a formal and welcoming onboarding process for parents, students and staff
Further embed student leadership and engagement programs that support cross-age learning, peer support F-12 through a whole-school approach. Ensure further authentic participation for students in co-planning, decision making, accepting responsibility for outcomes and becoming advocates for change within and beyond PVIS
Articulate how the PVIS Way is experienced at each stage of learning for students and parents
Develop a strategy for formal development of an Alumni group and association to facilitate the ongoing engagement of past students, families and staff
Develop a parent handbook that includes technical and practical information and expectations, as well as our values, attitudes and the PVIS Way,
Targeted professional learning on reflective processes and strategies informed by world’s best practice
Investigate opportunities to build and cultivate partnerships with external providers to provide after school activities and programs and better utilise our resources and rooms outside of operating hours.
STRATEGIES 5-10 Years and beyond horizon
Nurture new, and deepen existing partnerships with schools, universities, and educational organisations within and beyond Vanuatu
PILLAR 3 – FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY AND OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Ensure the continued financial stability and agility of the school for the benefit of current and future generations of PVIS students and the community. The school will pursue and embrace different models to resource the school.
Continue to enhance and develop the school’s operations and facilities to support the provision of our teaching, learning and caring programs. Ensure our resourcing is focused on being courageous, bold and innovative, and modelling environmental stewardship to our school community.
The PVIS learning experience and the business model to ensure the school’s ability to respond with agility to external conditions strategically.
Opportunities are expanded for integrated and transparent financial systems, analysis and oversight to inform decision making taking account the risk profile and appetite
Other revenue streams are established to support the strategic objectives of the school
STRATEGIES 1 Year horizon
The school further develops a maintenance plan that includes systems to identify and prioritise repairs as well as proactive maintenance and aesthetic improvement, and that the plan is appropriately resourced
Select and implement a School Management System that supports the key administrative functions of the school and effectively integrates with existing systems
Develop a strategy for formal development of a PVIS Foundation that supports the schools’ strategic objectives (linked to Vanuatu Education Fund)
Develop future-focused ICT strategy that includes the ongoing improvement and expansion of internal network resources; hardware upgrades and renewal; security to ensure business and education continuity and ongoing excellence in the use of technology to support teaching and learning
Increase the percentage of non-fee revenue, noting the work of the Foundation, Vanuatu Education Fund and other evolving strategies
Conduct a review of the school administration structure with a view to consider different models to ensure effective support for the SLT and strategic objectives of the school
Financial and operational benchmarking and modelling against other Pacific countries, Australia and New Zealand (with an aspiration to meet or exceed)
STRATEGIES 3 YearS and beyond horizon
Business and Operations Manager Full time
Develop a campus building and facilities Master Plan that considers the teaching and learning needs of the school; campus expansion; classroom facilities and comfort; gardens and trees; play, sport and recreation facilities; student and staff amenities; shade and shelter; alignment to environmental stewardship.
Review staff contracting, remuneration, terms and conditions and other incentives
Select and implement a Learning Management System that integrates with our systems and serves teaching, learning and communication with parents and students
Develop a strategy for the school to adopt and model actions that reduce the schools environmental impact and energy use
Develop a marketing master plan with a view to creating a role that has this area as a particular focus
Review additional staff retention and onboarding strategies that would include, but not limited to remuneration, class sizes and teaching load, orientation to Vanuatu and life in the Pacific, staff training and professional development with a key goal of PVIS being regarded as an employer and school of choice for educators internationally and in Vanuatu
Establish a range of MOU’s with the Vanuatu Government for the mutual benefit of school and Vanuatu
Investigate alternate hours of operation for the school to ensure the best educational offering and maximised use of the campus (e.g. staggered start)
STRATEGIES 5-10 Years and beyond horizon
Master Plan Implementation and campus expansion
Construction of a Senior Secondary Study and Learning Centre
Develop a school environmental sustainability plan
Investigate options for outer-island and international student support (e.g. Boarding, remote delivery, additional campuses)
PILLAR 4 – EDUCATION IN VANUATU – WITHIN AND BEYOND PVIS
In addition to directly connecting with schools and educators, these collaborative relationships allow PVIS students, staff, and educators in Vanuatu to have access to a wealth of educational and benchmarking resources and networks specifically designed for educational programmes and to drive our commitment to create courageous, bold and innovative programs for today’s learning for tomorrow’s world.
Our existing relationships with the Australian Curriculum (Foundation to Year 10) and the South Australian Certificate of Education SACEi (Year 10, 11 & 12) are further strengthened and enhanced, including support to and implementation of the Early Years Framework.
Opportunities to support the ongoing development of teaching and learning in Vanuatu are pursued for the benefit of PVIS and Vanuatu.
Our school heritage and traditions are celebrated while remaining future focused.
Our network of local, national and international partnerships, both formal and informal across, but not limited to learning, staff professional development, wellbeing, Intercultural experiences and accreditations, are further developed and strengthened.
Our community is further utilised to share experience and expertise.
A strong, connected and committed alumni is established.
STRATEGIES 1 Year horizon
30-year anniversary celebrations in 2022 that honour the history, traditions and journey of the school, as well as the future ambitions and strategic priorities of the school
Increase secondary scholarships to maximise impact in Vanuatu and fully utilise enrolment capacity.
Leverage parent time and skills to support learning and school operations
English as an Additional Language Studio program to develop English Language acquisition for the wider community and for families wanting to access schooling at PVIS. (Possibility off-campus at alternate venue) for children with an enrolment pathway and for adults seeking English language instruction
Engage with schools around Efate and Vanuatu, such as Inter-School competitions – sports, drama, public speaking, excursions to outside communities and organisations
STRATEGIES 3 Years and beyond horizon
Investigate opportunities for Teaching Assistants to further develop their teaching and education support skills and capabilities locally and internationally
Investigate the development of an after school homework centre for students in need from our and other schools that might be operated by student leaders
Develop a staff career development and growth program that focuses on the development of individually mapped pathways within and beyond PVIS that is aligned to the vision and mission of the school and seeks to enrich and retain staff
Actively pursue international and local relationships with a range of schools to share resources, provide opportunities for students and staff (e.g. online debating, short term exchanges, sharing professional development)
STRATEGIES 5-10 Years horizon
PVIS is recognised as a leader in education in Vanuatu and the wider Pacific because of its own achievements and contribution to education more broadly and evidenced by several specific programs to develop students, teachers and the community.
We are seen as leaders of bold, creative and innovative education and schooling