Over the past couple of weeks, beyond the joy of the everyday, I have been privileged to be part of a number of special events. I recently adjudicated a formal debate in a Year 10 Economics class. The topic was “Should the Australian Government align with China for economic success?” This has been a hot topic in the media in recent times and I thought I had a reasonable grasp of the concepts as I strode in to take my place of judgement. How wrong I was. I was surrounded by 15 and 16 year olds who had a deep understanding of both the economic and political nuances of this complex issue. I was not shocked, though was once more thrilled and excited by the academic rigour being applied by our youth to matters of great international significance. It was not just their knowledge. Moreover, their capacity to analyse, synthesise and articulate complex matters left me again reflecting that our Nation’s future is in good hands.
Last week’s Interhouse Track and Field Carnival was equally a joy. Beyond some very creditable athletic performances, it was simply gratifying amongst these enduring times to see the oval awash with colour and movement. A Carnival it was! It did not have showbags and ferris wheels, though it had smiles and legitimate “fellowship” in abundance. Jubi House may have lifted the trophy at the end of the day, though we were all winners, lifting our spirits.
STRATEGIC PLAN – 2021 AND BEYOND
Our current Strategic Plan (2018-2020) will soon lapse. It would be an easy decision, amongst dealing with both the typical and atypical challenges of the here and now, to simply ‘park’ the strategic planning process and re-engage with it in future times. On the contrary, we believe that it is perhaps more important than ever to be future-focused. Certainly, there is no doubt from an operational perspective that much of the ‘disruption’ of 2020 has been most unwelcome. Equally, though, our capacity to most capably ‘pivot’ learning platforms and deliver routine services within an agile framework has served as a timely catalyst to consider what else it is, in the next 1-5 years, that we need to ensure we are focused on.
Amongst things that may evolve, or even change, there are a few things that are not negotiable. Our Mission and Values are in this category. So too is our focus on the management of learning experiences which extend the capacity of students beyond receivers and (hopefully) retainers of knowledge and skills. We need students, with attitudes and aptitudes for life-long learning, to be creative, curious, internationally aware and solutions-focused.
Celebrating the Gospel;
Nurturing the Individual;
Empowering Lifelong Learners
Peace and Grace