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Recognition

Recognition

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I remember when St Columba’s exceptional first Higher School Certificate results were credited to a school in the Blue Mountains. We were new, unknown and easily dismissed. How things have changed.           This statement is now at the h ...
Hard Work Beats Talent

Hard Work Beats Talent

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I watched this video the other day...   https://youtu.be/GVG4wgCqeEQ Nothing I saw and heard was news to me but, I still loved it because it reinforced my belief that real success for our students is not preordained or gifted by money, natural talent or social position. It is about ...
Know the Rules!

Know the Rules!

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“Children want and need boundaries. They cannot ask questions about how far it is to go. They depend on parents to set the parameters and keep them safe. When children don't have boundaries, they become stressed. And this is the reason why so many children are stressed: They have no real ...
Principles of Principalship

Principles of Principalship

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As a school principal I never get bored with my job. Every day is different when you are in some way responsible for over 1200 people ranging in age from six weeks to sixty years. If you have ever wondered what a school principal actually does, particularly one who is no longer able t ...
Designing a 21st Century Curriculum

Designing a 21st Century Curriculum

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Designing a 21st century curriculum: one of the great challenges of Australian education. In 1967 the retention rate for students staying on for the further two years of school was approximately 20%. In the mid-1990s the rate of retention to Year 12 had risen to 70%. What if th ...
School Reform and Gonski 2.0

School Reform and Gonski 2.0

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David Gonski “Education reform is like a bus. Miss one reform, don’t worry, another will be along in a minute!” By the time you read this the media will most likely have moved on from its fascination with the report they have labelled Gonski 2.0. In case you are still intereste ...
Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out

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For those who clicked on this to read about the FOMO syndrome related to social media, SORRY, wrong article. This blog is about our fear that students who are absent from school are missing out on education and opportunity. A day here and a day there seem innocuous in thirteen year ...
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 ...