Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
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So this week I would like to take some time to share with you all some of the amazing opportunities and learning that has been happening within our community for the teachers and ultimately our students and wider community! This last week some of the staff were blessed with a rare opportunity to experience an inspiring lecture from a renowned Finnish Educationalist, named Pasi Sahlberg. We loved and appreciated hearing from someone in our field, who is so committed to improving student outcomes worldwide and at the same time is a realist. I want to share with you the three thoughts he left us to ponder and ask that you consider them carefully also:
Don’t just download, discover
Don’t imitate, create
Teachers matter, but not as we think
What excited us most, was that we could relate these challenging thoughts to exactly what we are striving to develop now in our classrooms and of course what we want to develop in our children. We are growing students whose jobs are not yet created, so it is vital that we encourage curious, creative, problem solvers and critical thinkers! Some of our staff were also invited to attend some intense Professional Learning with 200 other colleagues from the Parramatta Diocese around PBL, which conveniently illustrated very clearly how we can put Sahlberg’s thoughts into action!
PBL - what is that you ask? Great question! PBL requires students to: discover (not just download); create (not just imitate) and of course demands that teachers: know their students; are deliberate; walk alongside (not in front of); continually feedback; and create an environment in which students can develop 21st Century Skills. The photo above is a snippet from the fantastic learning our teachers undertook. This is ‘Critical Friends’ in action, a process embedded within Project Based Learning - a meaningful and effective way of sharing specific and effective feedback in order to improve learning outcomes. Stay tuned because over the coming weeks and terms we will continue to share with you the potential power this structure of learning, can and will have on our students and community in the future!
Let us always remember the ‘light’ we are and can be to others and appreciate the ‘light’ others are to us.
Thank you all again for everything you give to our community every day!