Michael O'Connell

Michael O’Connor, School Council President

On behalf of the School Council, I would like to thank our Principal Alison Druce, the entire Port Phillip Specialist School (PPSS) team and members of our school community for a wonderful year in 2014.

PPSS remains steadfastly committed to its innovative approach to education, focused on the individual needs and aspirations of each child in its care.
Our Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum continues to attract attention from other schools across Australia and now internationally. This year, the Council worked closely with the White Lodge Group who are seeking to replicate our mission and approach in their foundation school in Singapore.

The annual culmination of this curriculum and much student learning was showcased in another spectacular ‘Class Act’ concert held in September. Here, the creativity, talents and joyful spirit of our students and school community were celebrated to sell-out audiences for each production.

In 2014, the Council has prioritised a range of improvements to PPSS including the development of the new playground, funded 100% through donations from generous supporters of our school.

We remain focused on growing as a progressive, caring school, committed to the well-being of all students. This is reflected in the graduation of eight of our students as contented and respected young adults. We wish them every success and happiness as they embark on this next stage of their lives.

Finally, I would like to thank my fellow School Council members for their support throughout this year.

Together, we would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of Stephen Carpenter who has contributed to the School Council for 9 years, 8 of which he held the office of President. Stephen has made an enormous contribution to the Governance of our school for which we are grateful. We wish Stephen, Lee, Gus, Harriett and their family all our love and support and thank them for their long-term support of our school.