Executive Principal's Blog, Mr James Sloman
From The Executive Principal - Principal's Welcome
A rich school experience for all - 18 June 2015
With the last newsletter of the semester it is timely to give thanks to the many people who make this great community work so well. There is always something happening across the Colleges, with wonderful events and an abundance of opportunities, because committed people are prepared to go above and beyond to make them happen. Across all areas - sport, cultural, service and, crucially, academic - students are being provided with excellent opportunities to have a rich school experience. I would like to thank the many staff, parents and community members who make these opportunities happen for our children.
The Challenges of Effective Parenting - 4 June 2015
I often listen to parents speak about the love they have for their children, the commitment they have in supporting them on many levels and the sacrifices they make to provide the very best opportunities for them. Parenting is not always the easiest of our responsibilities. We are all far from being perfect and we don’t always get it right. I have been reflecting on this and have been researching the more recent studies on effective parenting.
Academic Enablers - 21 May 2015
At the Moreton Bay Colleges we understand that for students to do well, they need the skills to do so. It is so much more than the content that they learn. It is also the skills of inquiry, problem solving, creative thinking and communication ability that students need as part of their overall school experience. These skills, required for academic learning, are and should be, a primary focus of instruction in schools.
Vital 21st Century Learning Skills - 7 May 2015
It is great to see the girls and the boys across both Colleges immersing themselves in the term and their work. What they are learning and how they are learning sits at the core of our learning and teaching. For example, the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Program (PYP) provides a great grounding for students in the primary years within a framework that allows students to know how to learn not merely what has to be learned. This inquiry based model of learning across each school enables our students to reflect, analyse, adapt, to be flexible, to think and innovate. All vital skills in an ever changing world.
Listening to the Messages from our Parents - 23 April 2015
This is a great term for schools. It is where the routines are now established, the initiatives are being implemented and we are settling into the rhythm of the school year. There is wonderful work happening across the schools in curriculum, teaching developments, literacy and numeracy.
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