A big welcome back to the Bethany College community for what is already shaping up to be a vibrant year ahead. For staff, the curriculum year began with discussion of our most pleasing 2016 HSC results and a presentation of those key curriculum directions that will form the ‘rocks’ of our 2017 Annual Improvement Plan; such as Literacy and Gifted Education.
The following Monday (29th January) saw staff actively engaged in Growth Mindset Professional Learning led by Dan Haesler; Teaching Kids to Stretch. As part of the continued focus in 2017 on the Self-Directed Learning principle of our School Wide Pedagogy (SWP), Dan discussed the ways educators can improve curriculum outcomes of students by providing feedback that increases their desire to learn. His ideas around combining the work of ‘Growth Mindset’ with ‘Formative Assessment’ were well received by College staff, challenging them to consider new approaches, especially in regard to assessment and feedback.
In e-Learning news, Year 7 and Year 10 student BYODD policy implementation is underway with student laptops currently undergoing processing for onsite approval. This will continue over the coming weeks. Yr 7 students will also be attending an ICT Bootcamp in their CLE lessons and be provided with an ICT manual to assist them in connecting to the wi-fi for example, and printing on campus using the Papercut Web App.
Congratulations to Yr 10 student Joeme Severino and Yr 11 student, Georgia McGilchrist for their participation in the University of Wollongong’s STEM camp for girls in 2017. These girls were accepted as a result of their outstanding academic achievement and passion in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Joeme and Georgia contributed to hands-on workshops exploring themes such as renewable energy and biomedical engineering and I look forward to hearing them share these experiences at an upcoming whole school Assembly.
Leader of Pedagogy