As Year 11 students begin to think about their final year of secondary schooling their focus turns to the leadership of the School. Head of Gibson House and Year 11 Co-ordinator, Mrs Hazel Boltman, explains the preparation and guidance given to the girls at this important time.
Ms Natalie Smith, Director of International Studies discusses ways of developing globally agile and culturally flexible students who can appreciate the diversity and connectedness of the world.
School Psychologist Jody Forbes questions the value of a lifestyle consumed with multi-tasking, self-improvement and technology and advocates taking time to “smell to the roses” and cherish what you currently are and have.
Mr Shane Skillen, Co-Director of Technology Studies explores software-based computing services delivered over the internet, and the opportunities this presents for educational organisations to shift away from traditional school computing laboratories.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ms Elizabeth Jameson, reports on the findings of the stakeholder surveys commissioned earlier this year. The surveys provided, amongst other vital feedback, information on parents’ perceptions and expectations of the School.
Engaging women of all ages in sport is an end in itself. Director of Sport Chris Moore challenges of teaching and coaching girls.
Do you remember when? Carolyn Lansdown My father used to tell me of days when he would leave home at dawn and go rabbiting for the day, traipsing around the hills by himself, only returning home when it was dark. He was fourteen. There is no way I would let my fourteen year old son be gone all day without knowing where he was or making sure he had his phone with him. Am I paranoid and over protective, or just a caring parent dealing with society as it has now become? By stopping him from experiencing life as we did, am I restricting his ability to cope with his future? Children of the twenty-first century have less interaction with unstructured activities that offer challenge, instead they are involved in organised sports and activities. Gone are the days where children would spend time climbing trees, searching along creek beds and generally just playing in the natural…
Twenty-First Century Screen Culture – Issues and Impacts Research has identified that technology use heightens skills such as multitasking, complex reasoning and decision making. These are all wonderful skills—skills that will enable our teenagers to achieve success as they progress into the adult world. Despite such positive outcomes, there are some negative impacts of screen culture that must be identified.
Mr Greg Bland, Director of Mathematics, discusses the essential ingredients for successful mathematical problem solving. With the right ingredients and in the right environment it is possible to become a more accomplished problem solver and discover the sense of excitement and accomplishment that results when persistence and deep logical thought overcome the challenges of a difficult mathematical problem.
What does the Future hold for Grammar girls of 2010 Mrs Lyn Chakravorty, Head of Economics, reviews the currents statistics and research on gender disparity in the workplace and considers some conflicting views on how to resolve this issue.