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Inside Teaching : October 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com FEATURE 9 for new staff from each school, which enables staff to meet the campus principals • a seminar for students studying across campus at the beginning of the year, to support those students in their learning • the campus open night, which is another opportunity to showcase the schools and their shared facilities, and • the cross-campus faculty meeting, held every term so that staff from each school can meet together to share resources and ideas, as well as to provide an opportunity to invite outside speakers to share good practice. From the beginning, the vision and outstanding leadership of the campus principals has underpinned the success of the campus. The principals meet each fortnight to overview the operation of the shared-facilities model and to maximise the success of all three schools through collaboration. The model works with a shared- facilities management group which consists of the deputy and assistant principals of each school, together with the shared-facilities professional coordinator. This group also meets fortnightly, to manage the day-to-day operations of the shared facilities. The three schools’ business managers meet weekly to manage the financial aspects, while specialised school support officers assist in the smooth, efficient running of the classrooms and specialist areas. One of the major benefits of the shared-facilities model and the combined campus has been the success of joint funding submissions which have resulted in a number of new facilities for the campus. Currently under construction is a $4.1 million trade training centre to provide specialist electronics facilities to enable students to complete studies in both technical and further education, and to facilitate university pathways. This innovative development has shown that significant benefits accrue to students when the public and private sectors work collaboratively. The needs of