Articles for May, 2012

Learning to stop

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Ms Natalie Smith, Director of International Studies

An article that crossed my desk recently caught my attention with its title “Learning to stop; Stopping to Learn” (Brady, 2005). I wondered why the title of the article intrigued me— perhaps it was the word “stop”. I was told that in the midst

Setting Boundaries

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Mrs Violet Ross, Head of Woolcock House

“Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.”   (Taffel, 2012)                       

Whose turn is it to set the table?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Ms Sarah Boyle, Acting Head of O’Connor House

At each break throughout the school day the tables around the Main Building become a hive of activity and the excited buzz of chatter from Year 12 students. When passing by the tables you can hear the girls talking about weekend events, discussing assignments,

Celebrating diversity: many threads, one tapestry

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Ms Sarah McGarry, Dean of Student Transition

This week has seen the School celebrate the diversity of our community in Multicultural Week. At first glance, this has taken the form of students (and teachers) donning national dress, sharing internationally-flavoured foods, and partaking in music and dance. On a deeper level, though,

Personally significant learning

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Why our kids need a powerful disposition to be self-managing learners when they finish their schooling, why they are unlikely to have it, and what we can do about it.

For some time now it has been obvious that middle class kids are becoming more vulnerable. This is so despite the

From collection to connection: Teaching and learning science in an interactive multimodal learning environment

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Dr Sally Stephens, Director of Science and Mathematics

…the walls of the classroom are literally made irrelevant by the creation of communities of learners that span oceans, races, genders, and generations.
Richardson (2009, p.130) 

Take a snapshot of how students conduct their out-of-school lives and you will see them using a kaleidoscope of