Mr Brendon Thomas, Director of Technologies, looks at the importance of the study of design and digital technologies in schools to develop and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.
‘The most important thing in life is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.’ – Pierre Baron de Coubertin. Sport teaches us so many valuable life lessons, which can be transferred into everyday life and for the greater good.
‘Do you have a lower attention span than a goldfish?’ The Dean of Studies and Planning, Ms Natalie Smith, looks at recent research into the effects of media multitasking on student learning and the correlation with a reduction in attention spans.
Students completing Year 12 have the option of taking a ‘gap year’ to travel and experience the world. For those student who undertake a gap year, the benefits far outweigh the costs. A range of academic, social and cultural benefits results from gap year experiences, including linguistic and cultural immersion, and working and living abroad.
Year 7 and 8 students are all participating the School’s unique and tailor-made Philosophy of Learning course. Students explore issues such as: organisation, mindset, failure, resilience, brain science, metacognition and thinking skills. Our approach emphasizes the learning journey and that success is not necessarily always linear. In fact students are encouraged to view disappointment as a wonderful opportunity for growth. Year 7 students were asked to write a poem encapsulating as much as they could about their Philosophy of Learning journey during their first term at the School. Jessica’s poem was a wonderful expression of how she had internalised the term’s curriculum. We are who we are and that is good enough. It is all about our achievement and while beating someone else is a bonus it should never consume us. When we fail, learn to fail well and try be better next time. Resilience is no more than experience lived well. To be inquisitive and…