Friday, April 20 2018

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Australian Education: Is it all bad news?

Australian Education: Is it all bad news?

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"I get the impression that Australian education is more valued outside Australia. Teachers seem to have an impression they're not doing a good job and they get blamed and shamed. But whenever someone says 'Australia', after kangaroos and Vegemite, everyone thinks of good education. The f ...
Are All Opinions Equal?

Are All Opinions Equal?

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“The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for ‘I can say or think whatever I like’ – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. If  ‘Everyone’s entitled to ...
Great Pastoral Care: We Know You Want It!

Great Pastoral Care: We Know You Want It!

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For families attending private school, by far the most important driver of their likelihood to recommend their school was how they perceived the care the school offered to their children. The Right Choice, Robert Drew, Education Review, March 2018. Excellent pastoral care, like mot ...
What’s the difference?

What’s the difference?

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Let’s face facts - it costs more to send a child to SCAS than most other schools in town.  So why do parents make the decision to do this when newspapers often produce articles that say that enrolment in an independent school makes no difference to the educational outcomes of students. ...
Is your child suffering from “sleep debt”?

Is your child suffering from “sleep debt”?

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It could be ruining his/her chances of happiness and academic success What the research says: Children are racking up huge sleep debt due to overstimulation and biological changes If your child is no’t getting ten hours’ sleep a night, poor performance and moods are hard to avo ...
Don’t Panic: Careers

Don’t Panic: Careers

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47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University. “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” Doomsayers 1902 —> Women will take men’s jobs 2017 —> Robots will ...
Safety First

Safety First

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At SCAS we tour - Music, Dance, History, Geography, Civics, Football, Netball, Camp, HRIS, HICES, CIS etc. etc. The list goes on. Buses. 5am starts, 11.30pm returns. Canberra, Sydney, Kincumber, Newcastle, Lake Keepit, The Barrington Tops, just to name a few of our destinations ...
If SCAS was a country, who would we like to be?

If SCAS was a country, who would we like to be?

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Like most educators in this country I know more about Finland and its educational success than would have seemed possible a decade ago. I know Australia is very different to Finland historically, geographically, ethnographically and culturally, so I am not among those who see the Fin ...
How to Pick a Winner

How to Pick a Winner

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We all want our children to be successful, to be “winners”. At SCAS we try to provide the opportunities for students to develop the skills, habits and attitudes that will make it possible for our students to be “winners”. It would be simple if it was simply about identifying those ...
Failure Really is an Option

Failure Really is an Option

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Recently I had to make a critical decision and make it quickly. Problem identified. Consultations carried out. Solutions weighed. Decision made. Move on. This was possible because in the past I had, in a similar circumstance, wavered and held off making a decision (for the best of rea ...