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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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