International research overwhelmingly shows that quality teaching is the leading in-school influence on student outcomes.
Amongst many exciting opportunities this year, our staff have been given opportunities to study online with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to work with visiting international experts in the field of well-being and to participate in our implementation of Instructional Rounds. These rounds will begin in the coming weeks with small groups of teachers moving though classrooms collecting data to help us discern the impact of specific learning interventions. They will be looking for evidence of student learning and provide a forum for reflection and meaningful feedback on the success of our annual improvement initiatives.
In the last term break, two staff were invited to present at the 2019 IBSC (International Boys School Coalition) Annual Conference. Robyn Larbalestier and Kylie Bowra presented on the use of our learning framework when applied through the lens of the arts. Events like this attract over 600 educators from some of the most prominent boys’ schools in the world. It was affirming to hear many of the leading schools discussing topics that Saints has a strong foundation in, as well as reflecting on the many different ways that schools have approached learning and student wellbeing. I was reminded that every day as a community we touch the lives of our students who are tomorrow’s boyfriends, husbands, fathers and leaders. Our focus on holistic growth of the boys and the exploration into simple ways to reach their hearts and expand their minds is a central tenant of our focus. We have a huge responsibility to help our boys become empathetic, aware, solid, respectful, open-hearted, and good men. This year we have focused on the need for boys to learn to share emotionally for their own mental wellness. Robyn has returned with many wonderful ideas to promote the arts, the first of which is an inaugural Art excursion for parents; hosting a guided tour of the Collection at the Art Gallery NSW, followed by a gourmet lunch at ‘Chiswick at the Gallery’.
The next P&F Association Meeting is on Thursday 1 August. Dan Fee, Leader of Student Wellbeing, will talk about the College's approach to student wellbeing, including an overview of the PERMA model of positive education in the context of an Augustinian education.
The Foundation Diamante Dinner Dance will be held at Manly Pavilion this on Saturday 24 August. With ‘Community’ as our Augustinian focus this year, I hope families are discussing with their social networks attendance at this event and will join us and the Foundation in supporting the College.
Congratulations to current parent, Simon Mcgrath who was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019. Simon received his award for significant service to the tourism and hospitality sector.
Rest in Peace
Your prayers are requested for the Johnson family following the recent passing of Mike Johnson, former Science teacher at the College from 1978 to 1980 and from 1984 to 1986.
May the Lord welcome Mike into his kingdom of peace.