Dean of Curriculum, Ms Samantha Bolton, addresses the controversial list of the nation’s top 100 primary and secondary schools published in The Weekend Australian (May 1-2, 2010). Such a list is seen by many people as a natural extension of the My School website and may be regarded as a move towards desirable transparency in the education system or as inappropriate use of data generated by specific assessment instruments, namely NAPLAN tests. Regardless the lists generated by The Weekend Australian require significant scrutiny.
Every Monday somewhere around Australia, a school principal stands in front of his or her school and tells them: “We have lost a student”. This was one of many statistics Paul Dillon, Education Consultant from DARTA (Drug and Alcohol Research and Training), provided to students during a recent presentation at the School. As a trained teacher Dillon has been working in the area of drug and alcohol education for 25 years and speaks constantly to school groups across Australia and to a number of media outlets.
Is 450,000 too many? That is the number of Australians who were never born, never laughed or never cried because of World War I. Reflecting on the impact that conflict such as WWI still has on current generations, Ms S Bolton, in Anzac Day address, considers the true meaning of sacrifice as we remember those who have fallen while serving our nation.
Why are eggs such powerful symbols in both ancient and modern cultures? Mr A Dale, Dean of School, explores the hatching of an egg, as a metaphor for creation and new life, in this article about Easter.
Is education the soul of society? Dr Kimber, Director of the Centre for Professional Practice, focuses on two Grammar-inspired individuals, Kathleen Lilley and Edna Hopkins, linked across generations, who became their society’s soul-builders through education. From Dr Kimber’s perspective, visionary leadership, tenacity in meeting challenges, empathetic mentoring and compassion for humanity all play their part in shaping the soul of education and society.