Spinning the chocolate wheel

I think I’ve been in education too long because I’m becoming more frustrated with changes continually being made to the ‘curriculum’. Recently we read that the Year 12 Higher School Certificate syllabus will be overhauled following concerns that subjects were being dumbed down and we continue to fall behind globally. It is interesting to see that everything announced has been … More Spinning the chocolate wheel

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

The work we do

When Professor John Hattie visited our diocese last year, he mentioned something quite astounding and profound. When teachers are together in staff rooms, they only spend five minutes on average, talking about teaching. We know that when teachers are in learning spaces they ‘do’ the business of teaching, but we also know that it is … More The work we do

Adaptive leadership

I am often looking for new perspectives on leadership and find the Harvard Business Review valuable professional reading. There is a good article in the July-August edition by Heifetz et al on ‘Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis. The article examines three key tasks for leaders today that I believe can be adapted to schools and … More Adaptive leadership

School is not for adults

The pre-eminent Professor Viviane Robinson from the University of Auckland delivered the annual Ann D Clark lecture last week.  It was a great honour to have both Viviane and Michael Fullan working with us last week. Prof. Robinson’s presentation was Five Dimensions of Effective Educational Leadership’ but perhaps I can summarise the key point in … More School is not for adults