Friday, October 19 2018

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The Eeyore View of Education

The Eeyore View of Education

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“Education experts lash out at Australian schooling system.” (October 9, News.com.au) "You just stay here in this one corner of the Forest waiting for the others to come to you.” (Eeyore), A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner. A recent episode of the ABC’s Q&A on education gave ...
Good is the Enemy of Great

Good is the Enemy of Great

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We are good but we can be great. One of the pre-eminent books about creating a great organisation is Jim Collins’ Good to Great. GOOD TO GREAT: This book addresses a single question: can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? Based on a five-year research project co ...
Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Parents know the danger of saying one thing and doing another and being caught out by their children. We know you lose integrity and authority if you are found to be even vaguely hypocritical, allowing a gap between what you preach and what you do. So why is it that Australian educ ...
Farewell Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett OAM

Farewell Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett OAM

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The Principal's Address at today's Assembly to farewell the founding Chair of St Columba Anglican School, the Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett OAM, spoke to the heartfelt appreciation of an entire school community, and of generations of students who have been educated at SCAS over the past 17 ...
We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together

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In a time when partisanship, us vs them, and wedge politics seems to be the flavour of the year in politics and education, it is reassuring to read something that eschews this approach and talks about schools in a language that we can all agree on - transforming schools so that our stude ...
Grit: Where do you get it?

Grit: Where do you get it?

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I have written before about the role of GRIT in students achieving success at school and after leaving school. For those who are new to reading my stuff, grit is defined as “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”.  Research tells us that grit has a more significant correlatio ...
We’ve Always Done It That Way

We’ve Always Done It That Way

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That is not a good enough reason to keep doing it today (and tomorrow)! Dysfunction (Definition) 1 : impaired or abnormal functioning 2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group. Sometimes something that has worked to the benefit of an organisat ...
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 ...