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Latest evidence of value-adding by Independent Schools

The latest research by Dr Gary Marks was published yesterday in the Australian Journal of Education. Titled, ‘Do Catholic and independent schools “add-value” to students’ tertiary entrance performance? Evidence from longitudinal population data’, the research paper presents analysis of the…

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Cybersafety

Over the weekend there was considerable press coverage of cybersafety issues for young people. The Weekend Australian’s front page led with the headline Click bait: kids at risk as sexualised behaviour becomes the ‘new normal’, with follow-up further in the…

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Homework

The issues surrounding homework have been the subject of lively debate and discussion for many years. There are a multiplicity of views encompassing the full range across a spectrum from absolutely no homework to ‘the more the merrier’ where ‘time…

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Independent School education matters

The 60 Minutes program which went to air on Sunday April 19 had a section, titled Public vs Private. The segment focussed on a very complex area of decision making that many parents face: the choice of a school for…

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Digital Devices, Sleep, Health and Learning

Digital devices proliferate throughout the lives of many, if not most, children, tweens, teenagers and young adults. The data for Australia shows: • 95% of 8 to 11 year olds had accessed the internet ‘in the last four weeks’. •…

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Changing our Mindset

Over the last few weeks there has been much discussion amongst staff on Carol Dweck’s research. Dweck is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and her popular book, Mindset: The new psychology of success (2006) has created conversations amongst staff. In…

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Growth and Improvement, Focus and Effort

Welcome and welcome back! Welcome to all of you who are families new to the school. This is a friendly and caring school and I'm sure that your child(ren) will settle in and feel comfortable very soon. Please stay in…

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The Class Size Debate

The optimal class size is one of the most disputed topics in education. There is considerable divergence of views amongst researchers and academics, though most teachers and parents tend to anecdotally agree that smaller is better. On the other hand,…

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Wellbeing

The following is the text of the short address given to most of the school (very young students were in class) on the first day of term four. I share it more widely as it contains some practical advice to…

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Handwriting still has its place in schools

I remember a time where it was thought that computers would replace handwriting. Thankfully that has not occurred at good schools such as The Knox School. Like me, I am sure some of you have been castigated for poor handwriting.…

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