FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Holistic Education, PBL and Reporting
You have often heard me reflect on the fact that a holistic education extends well beyond the confines of the classroom, and it is important that we not only recognise that reality but be responsive to the need to provide students with a diverse and flexible range of learning experiences. Watching our Kindergarten students depart the campus early this morning headed for the Sydney Aquarium, I couldn’t help but be reminded of this as I saw the enthusiasm and excitement in the eyes of each child as they headed off on this learning adventure. The same excitement was evident yesterday with our Year 2 students as they departed for the Reptile Park, another exciting learning experience beyond the walls of their classroom. It was a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring students are given a diverse range of learning opportunities that do extend beyond the classroom.
It is no different at the other end of the school – secondary students heading off on camps, excursions, sporting events, service activities and engaging in collaborative, problem based learning opportunities like our Year 7 PBL initiative – all important parts of a broader learning experience for each child. Our vision statement states that we desire a community where students thrive in their experience of learning and live abundantly in Jesus. To thrive in their learning requires a level of engagement and enthusiasm, which is achieved in different ways for different students. It is exciting to work in a school environment that intentionally seeks to develop and provide relevant and engaging learning experiences for every child to ensure they thrive in their learning.
For most of the students we are approaching a period of assessment and reporting as staff prepare to produce mid-year reports. As with any testing we want students to do their best, so as to demonstrate their levels of understanding and achievement. But it is also important for both students and parents to keep grades and reports in perspective. They are after all just point in time indicators of progress – that provide the motivation for ongoing improvement. I want to wish all our students well as they sit assessments and exams over the next couple of weeks. We then look forward to the opportunity in the last week of the term to meet with you as parents to discuss the progress of your child in the scheduled parent Teacher Interviews. These will happen for secondary across two nights on June 21 and 22, and for primary on the evening of June 22.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the news in this weeks addition of our newsletter.