Principal's blog

Academic Growth

Schools exist for students. They are places of learning, where students grow academically, socially and emotionally. Recently, a Sydney Morning Herald article published the top 50 performing schools in NSW, in terms of academic growth as measured by 2014 NAPLAN results. Schools were compared with what the MySchool website calls statistically similar schools.

Learning the Basics is Fun!

Want to see something special? Have a look! In this video, Willow cleverly demonstrates her understanding of the 3x tables. She does it in a really creative way that brings learning the basics to life. The beauty of technology lies in it being not only used for research, but importantly, as a way for children to express themselves in the most amazing and unique ways.

Redefining Learning

On so many occasions today as I wandered up and down hallways, I was reminded of the power of technology in education.

Students were scattered along one corridor, each viewing the same current affairs show on their laptops. Rather than watching the show as a whole class group on one big screen, individual students were pausing, playing and rewinding the show to gain the deepest understanding they could. Children had the power to progress at their own pace and ask questions when they needed to. This was individualised, differentiated learning in full swing.

Road Safety Matters

An article in the weekend newspapers identified the prevalence of motorists either speeding or parking illegally in school zones. Sadly, the incidence of these behaviours appears to be on the rise.

The Importance of Parental Involvement

There is overwhelming evidence about the benefits of parents becoming involved in their child's education. Children tend to have higher levels of achievement at school and stay in school longer, when parents take an active interest in their child's education.

That's pretty powerful. By becoming more involved in school (and this can take shape in a myriad of ways) parents are setting children up for greater levels of success, both at school and in the years beyond. Knowing that, why wouldn't everyone want to be as involved as they possibly could be?

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