Monday, September 25 2017

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Passing the Baton…

Passing the Baton…

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As a new school, we have limited experience in handing over significant responsibilities to a replacement. 2017 sees some significant changes within the school leadership. Earlier this year we commenced farewelling our Foundation Chaplain, Rev. Duncan McArthur. Staff, friends and ...
Judging by Appearance

Judging by Appearance

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Judging a school by its appearance? Is that smart? SCAS looks good - I mean physically good. The new Iona Performing Arts Centre, the Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre, the gardens, the classrooms, the grounds, the Iona Sports Centre, the Library etc. all look good (actually very, ...
Success: Is it in our heads?

Success: Is it in our heads?

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“What if changing your mindset was the key to changing your life? And the key to transformation could be accepting that, yes, you can be busy but you can also make important steps towards reaching your goals and dreams” -  Sophie Scott, ABC News. Changing the way we think about our li ...
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

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I know we are supposed to learn from the journey and not focus on the destination too much but that doesn’t seem to work when you are on the highway with children in the car! It does not matter that our cars are air-conditioned, that headphones can end the argument about what we will ...
Managing the HSC

Managing the HSC

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Let’s face it; the HSC, assessment tasks, major works and tests are stressful for everyone concerned - students, siblings, parents, teachers etc. What does the research say about the HSC and stress? Students feel academic pressure when the perceived level of expectation or conseque ...
What’s Our Report Card?

What’s Our Report Card?

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I write and talk a lot about SCAS always moving towards excellence. Just occasionally, I am asked what I mean by excellence or how I will know when we are an excellent school? Last term I invited staff to meet with me and suggest areas where they believe we could improve the education ...
Early Learning: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last

Early Learning: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last

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When we were building Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre there were questions about why a school would spend so much time, effort and money on something that was often considered not a school’s “core business”. Well, take a bow, those visionaries who supported this idea and bro ...
Education and Media Politics: Never Simple

Education and Media Politics: Never Simple

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If you casually read the public debate on schools in Australia you will have observed the following “facts”: Fact #1: All Independent schools are large, rich bastions of traditional privilege  Even the educational academics fall prey to such assumptions: "It is generally accepted that ...
And the hits keep coming…..

And the hits keep coming…..

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As ever, term will end and the usual comments about teachers’ excessive holidays will pepper the media, barbeque conversations and commentary between “experts” shared with anyone who will listen. As I have stated before, schools make popular media copy and an easy target for negative ...
‘School is Boring’

‘School is Boring’

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I'm bored I'm the chairman of the bored, I'm a lengthy monologue I'm livin' like a dog I'm bored I bore myself to sleep at night I bore myself in broad daylight coz I'm bored. ~ Iggy Pop We know that boredom and disengagement are killers of potential in schools. We also know t ...