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World Teachers’ Day

I suspect that 2020 has been a year where many parents have gained an insight and a greater understanding of the work of teachers. There have been more than a few parents who have commented to me on their improved…

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2020 Parent Satisfaction Survey

During Term 3, our annual parent satisfaction survey data was collected. As is our usual practice, we surveyed the parents of children in the ELC, Year 2, Year 5, Year 8, and Year 12. (In addition, we conduct an annual…

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Character and Leadership Model

The following report was the basis for a Teacher Magazine Podcast that interviewed Ben Righetti and Allan Shaw. The report was written to share our knowledge developed in building personalised, co-designed, experiential, community-based projects that included explicit teaching and mentoring.…

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Getting the balance right

The return of children to school has been a hotly debated topic across the country, with disagreements between federal and state officials and different approaches between the states. At the same time as parents and teachers grapple with our own…

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Back to School

Yesterday saw the remainder of the school return to our Burwood Highway site. The Years 4-9 students resumed classes yesterday and it was wonderful to see their bright and smiling faces. While not quite everyone was happy to be back…

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Every Challenge is an Opportunity

As adults we sometimes forget that real learning is a step into the unknown for the learner and your children, our students are confronted with the unknown, a new challenge many days of their lives. As we get older we…

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School technology bans

Banning digital devices in schools will not rub out the risk of online abuse and cyberbullying, the Australian eSafety commissioner says. Julie Inman Grant leads Australia’s eSafety Commission. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government agency committed to…

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The PISA Illusion

In the latter months of 2019, much was made in the media of Australia’s PISA results. There was significant criticism that Australia’s results were falling and that this was a significant issue. PISA is the Program for International Student Assessment…

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How do we talk to children about bushfires?

Australians grow up with the notion and reality of bushfires. Thankfully, for most of us bushfires are not part of our practical experience. For those for whom bushfire has been a part of our lived experience, it is usually an…

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