The Future of Learning
At the end of last month, our Vice Principal Mr Scott Elliss and I travelled to Boston in the United States to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Future of Learning Institute conducted by the world-renowned Project Zero Team.
This opportunity was provided by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). We attended with nine other Principals from independent schools and some of the staff from ISV.
This is the second time I have had the privilege to visit Harvard and participate in this incredible learning experience with educators from all over the world. Our time in plenary sessions, participating in mini courses and learning groups was very affirming of the direction our College has been taking, as well as informing us of the challenges ahead in education.
I feel confident that as a result of my earlier studies at Harvard and the way that our staff and students are already embracing the culture of learning being introduced throughout our College, that we are extremely well positioned to remain at the forefront of education. It has reinforced our continued drive to provide our students with the 'learning that matters.'
The opportunity to share this experience together with Scott was invaluable. We participated in different courses and were able to share ideas, musings and inspirations that will influence our teaching and learning positively in the future.
We are both extremely grateful for the privilege to attend such an incredible institute.
A more in-depth overview of our Harvard experience will be published in this term's edition of 'In Focus'.
Class of 2006 Reunion
Last weekend we welcomed the College graduates from 2006 back to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their graduation. Each year it is a joy to reconnect with past students to hear of their journey since graduating.
It is thoroughly rewarding to meet the men and women at these occasions each year. The staff in attendance and College leadership team enjoy learning of the individual journeys that the graduates have undertaken in their personal and professional lives as well as the travels, study and other experiences crammed into ten years.
This year in sharing their reflections the 2006 School Captains Mia Kafieris and Kane Harwood ( now a member of the College Board ) spoke of their recollections of the past as well as highlighting the elements that they appreciated of their education at Christian College.
Some of the significant achievements outlined demonstrated how our students leave Christian College equipped with attributes to become successful in all walks of life. In business, as leaders, in academic studies, as entrepreneurs, as parents and in sporting pursuits or in the arts. The common element that I find pleasing to observe each year is the genuine character qualities, as well as the way that many are making significant contributions through their work or studies to make a positive difference in the world.
It was a delight for me to catch up and celebrate the fine students from the Class of 2006.
A Busy Term
Since returning from overseas, I have particularly noticed how busy it is around our campuses with many amazing learning opportunities happening each day. These include the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan as part of Vietnam Veterans Day held at the Highton Campus, a night of Choral performances at St. Mary's Basilica, trips to the snow, many sporting activities and the commencement of the eisteddfod season in Geelong, as well as Royal South Street in Ballarat.
It has also been pleasing to meet with the new leaders at each campus and to witness the enthusiastic way that each is taking on the challenges of their new roles.
Our Year 12 students are also now gearing up for their final weeks of school in preparation for their final VCE exams and assessments. We wish them well and pray for good health during this time.
It is wonderful to be back at school, and I look forward to the remaining weeks of this term with positive anticipation.