James Kirkwood and Andrew Clyne have just completed a two-day conference on Digital Technologies – the new strand which has been included in the Science and Technology syllabus. Andrew is also completing further studies in Religious Education and will soon complete his Certificate in Religious Education. Andrew is also U/11 Rugby Coach and James is TIC of Tennis.

Mark Catanzariti recently completed a two-day conference with RE teachers from the Diocese of Broken Bay on incorporating Gospel Values through story telling in Religious Education lessons. He recently attended a course on SEQTA, the College’s LMS (Learning Management System) with a view to improve the way we record data to inform teaching practice. Mark also runs a weekly after school homework group as well as coaching a College basketball team.

Rose Papalia completed professional learning last term on assessment in English and has a special interest in using feedback and feedforward to improve engagement. Rose is also manager of a senior soccer team and is a spectator at most of her classes sporting events on weekends and after school.

John O’Brien, as well as being the Assistant Head of Primary and author in residence, is also the Talented Writer’s group facilitator, the Science Enrichment facilitator, Primary School Debating Co-ordinator and Science Laboratory Program Co-ordinator. John recently spent a day working with Sarah Humpreys, consultant for UDL (Universal Design in Learning) on ways to further differentiate assessment tasks and learning opportunities for learners of all abilities.

Liz Armenio is the Primary Coding Co-ordinator as well as the Primary ELF (e-Learning Facilitator). Liz was invited to speak at the recent International Boy’s conference at the prestigious TSS school in Queensland over the Term 2 holidays. Liz spoke about ‘gamification’ and game-based learning, using platforms such as Minecraft to promote ideas of sustainability. Liz is about to complete a two-day course on using technology to develop STEM units of work.

We are very fortunate to have teachers of the calibre as the ones we have at St Augustine’s. Not only are they well informed by nature of their ongoing studies, they are genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of your sons. Together with you, their parents and with your support, we present a consistent approach to the holistic education of your sons.

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