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From the Principal

23/03/2017

From the Principal

 

Ride Your Bike to School
 
Thank you to our parents and Mr Jones for organizing our Ride to School Day last week.  It was fantastic to see so many students dressed in orange and the number of bikes and scooters in the courtyard.  

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Swimming Update
We have recently received permission for the swimming bus to use the Green Bridge.  This will likely only take effect in Term 4, but will significantly save on travel time for students. 

Cross Country
It would be fantastic if we had a crystal ball at the start of the year when we are planning events!  Unfortunately, the ground was too soft to go ahead with our Cross Country event this week.  The new date we have set aside for this to go ahead is Wednesday 19 April. This is the first week back at school after the holidays.  The P&C will be looking for volunteers to assist with a sausage sizzle on this day.  Please let Shellie know if you are available to assist:  *** please add volunteer email
 
Congratulations to students (and parents) who participated in before school training sessions.  Each day a student participated in training, they earnt a point towards their team.  After tallying the training total houses have the following points:

 

     

  • Bowen 62

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  • Herbert 67 
    Harmony Day
     
    Our Cultural Captains have been busy planning their first event as leaders in this role.  There will be a special parade next Monday 27th March as their celebratory event.  We will include photos of the event in our next newsletter.
      
    Philosophy Training
     
    Last week, seven staff members attended Introductory Training for Philosophical Inquiry (PI) at Hillbrook Anglican College at Enogerra, run by Lynne Hinton, previous Principal at Buranda State School. Currently, this is the only institution providing such training to teachers.
     
    I have provided hard and electronic copies of readings that formed part of our 2 day training.  As a brief summary of the training:

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  • Philosophical Inquiry exercises reason and logic to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nuature

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  • E.g. what is there in the world?  How do we know?  How should we live?  How do we think about it?

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  • Translates to ‘love of wisdom’

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  • Must operate under ‘rules of engagement’ e.g. listen to each other; think about and build on other’s ideas; everyone’s ideas are valued; may be many suitable answers

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  • There are 4 different question types:

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Research Questions 

 

     

  • Question's must clearly identify a philosophical problem; must have a feeling of struggle; must take TIME

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  • Reflection is vital:  ‘we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience’

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  • The discussion and facilitating the discussion effectively are vital

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  • Role of the teacher/facilitator:

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    • Leads, guides, suggests

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    • Questions and prompts

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    • NOT providing answers

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    • NOT becoming the expert

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    • NOT giving opinions

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  • Useful websites:

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From the Principal’s Conference:
Reading-

 

     

  • Student A reads for 20 minutes a day, a total of 1 800 000 words in a year and achieves in the 90th percentile ranking on a standardised test.

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  • Student B reads for 5 minutes a day, a total of 28 200 words in a year and achieves in the 50th percentile ranking on a standardised test.

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  • Student C reads for 1 minute a day, a total of 8 000 words in a year and achieves in the 10th percentile ranking on a standardised test.

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This is compelling evidence to talk to our students, parents, community and staff about the significance and importance of the place of reading in our students’ lives.

 
   
Nicole Goodwin
Principal