From the Humanities Faculty

Late last year, the Social and Environmental Studies Faculty changed its name to the Humanities Faculty. Acting Director Miss Alison Dare explains the rationale behind the name change and explores the objectives of humanities education.

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Career Integrity is in the journey

A career is not an end in itself. Neither is it a simple succession of occupations. A career is an evolving journey that includes work, personal interests, friendships, spirituality, citizenship, values and the like. For senior students their journeys are only beginning as they consider choices for further study. The Combined Grammar Schools Careers Evening on Tuesday 11 May will provide an opportunity to gather information about possible options.

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NAPLAN – Selective Data Interpretation vs Transparency

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.

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From the Deputy Principal

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.

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From the Acting Dean of Curriculum

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.

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From the Dean of School

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.

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From the Director of the Centre for Professional Practice

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.

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