FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Power, Exams and Paradigms
by Mr Kent
After such lovely autumn weather over the last few weeks, winter seems to have hit us with vengeance, with the wet and cold weather making life a little less pleasant here at school. The addition of a blackout on Wednesday afternoon added to the dramas and made for some very dark classrooms and an even darker examination hall. The students didn’t seem to mind, making the most of the disruption to regular teaching – though the Maths exam in the hall had to be halted much to the students collective delight. Life is never boring here at CCAS!
I am currently attending, along with a number of our Primary and Secondary staff, a major education conference – Edutech – being held in Sydney. As the title implies, this conference focuses on educational trends and directions within our technological world, and brings together some of the leading practitioners and thinkers within the various sectors of education to explore current and future directions in education.
I continue to be challenged by the rapid changes we are experiencing within our society, much of it created by technological advances, and the challenge for us as educators to adequately prepare our students for this world. For our teachers it does present a paradigm shift in thinking as to how we educate, and the kind of skills our children need to be prepared for their futures.
Although foundational skills of literacy and numeracy remain critical and will always be a focus at CCAS, 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication are overtaking knowledge and information and the skills of the future, and we continue to develop our teaching experiences to develop these skills in our students. It is an exciting time to be an educator.
Our term is rapidly drawing to a close with only two weeks remaining. I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter.