Deeper learning is shared learning

It seems quite ironic the most effective way of becoming an independent learner is through the process of interacting with others. This was social psychologist Lev Vygotsky‘s zone of proximal development argument.  Essentially we learn best when we learn from and with others. Alma Harris and Michelle Jones from the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of … More Deeper learning is shared learning

World Class Leader

Last week I had the great pleasure of sitting down for a Q&A with Larry Rosenstock.  Larry is the founder and CEO of High Tech High in San Diego and one of the keynote speakers at last week’s PBL World Australia 2013 hosted by one of our high schools, Parramatta Marist in partnership with the Buck Institute … More World Class Leader

Building capacity through strategic partnerships

For a number of years, we have had a strategic partnership with Republic Polytechnic (RP), a tertiary institution in Singapore that leverages problem-based learning to provide an industry-relevant curriculum to Diploma level. It is geared towards students becoming innovative and entrepreneurial professionals with global perspectives. A number of our schools in the Parramatta Diocese such … More Building capacity through strategic partnerships

Learning from Jobs

Steve Jobs had a profound influence on the world of technology.  One could argue that under his leadership Apple redefined the user experience so much so that technology has seamlessly integrated with every aspect of our lives. Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson has written a concise piece in this month’s Harvard Business Review on the Real … More Learning from Jobs

The proverb of the tree

We had the great pleasure of welcoming Anrig Professor Richard Elmore from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and our colleagues Darrell Fraser and Judy Petch from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria last week. Although it was a flying visit, our guests had the opportunity to meet with our leadership team and … More The proverb of the tree


Parramatta Marist recently introduced Year 10 students to 151 – the extension of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) model into the senior curriculum. Unlike PBL, the 151 model gives students an introductory period (1), whole day (5 periods) and a follow up period (1) per subject over a two week cycle.   This allows teachers to work intensively with senior … More 151