There is no doubt that our students of all ages are going to be stimulated and challenged by new learning experiences, new ways of working creatively and collaboratively, and new approaches to asking and answering questions about the world and the future. These building are a commitment to our promise of providing our students with the very best education and our mission of; Inspiring Learners, Shaping Destinies, Changing the world.
We are proud of our reputation for excellence but this is not a fixed state and of course requires that we are always looking at how we can do things better, how we can better serve our students, how we are preparing them for their future lives. It means that we are, and need to be, innovative. But innovation is not just about investing in the latest technology or building new spaces. Innovation is a way of thinking about teaching and learning – thinking more deeply about what actually happens inside the school walls and what the learning means for each student. It is about embracing the notion that learning is about constant growth and development, not only in our students, but also in the staff. If our teachers want to ensure that every child walks into school full of wonder and questions, we need to ensure that we can effectively stimulate and respond to students' natural curiosity, help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. Our leadership and staff team are really excited about this new chapter in our professional learning journey – we have hard work and challenge ahead but we are committed to developing a culture of innovation for our students and staff.
So we need to be an innovative school, with innovative teachers and innovative students. But please be assured that this does not mean that everything is changing or that the core of what we do is being reduced. Rather what we are doing involves subtle shifts; changing mindset and thinking, adding new and better learning experiences, listening to and responding to student needs, being forward thinking and 21st century learning focused. It means taking managed risks to ensure that we are not standing still but collectively moving forward. We know that with all innovation, there has to be a balance of maintaining what we know to be good, yet still having the willingness to try something new. Apple still makes a great computer but their culture of innovation led to other successful endeavours for the company (iPhone, app store, iPad). They could have rested on what they knew, but their approach to innovation included taking the risk of challenging not only what doesn’t work, but what does. So with our new STEAM spaces for next year, we hope to build on our schools great traditions of combining the very best in academic excellence with new and exciting opportunities for all our students. Building a community of innovation and learning – students, staff and hopefully parents will embrace and join in this journey.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal