Creating a Culture of Curiosity
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Learners today need to be equipped to enter a world of ‘digital transformation’. To do this schools need to be providing learning spaces that are agile, learning experiences that are collaborative and a learning culture that evokes curiosity. These were my take-homes from the Sydney 2019 EduTech Conference where I have been for the past two days.
I was joined by our Business Manager, Tony Skippington, Information Services and Learning Resources Head of Department Karen Callaghan and Digital Literacy Head of Department Debra Whyte. The Edutech Conference attracts an international audience of educators across multiple fields, sectors and jurisdictions. It is a one-stop event for learners, teachers and organisations to find out what is new and around the corner in educational technology.
Our purpose for attending the EduTech Conference was twofold. Firstly, we wanted to become well informed of the latest educational research and thinking on how to engage learners to be active and creative participants in their future world. Secondly, it was an opportunity to gain insights about the types of learning spaces and resources required for our Open Learning Centre building project to enable it to be a dynamic place that meets the future needs of our College. On both counts we have brought back riches.
A highlight was hearing the heroic story of Australian of the Year, Dr Richard Harris. At one point he described the international rescue mission to save twelve boys from a flooded cave in Thailand as a zero percent chance of being successful, such were the perils and risks they faced. Even after the last boy was carried out safely, he was unaware until he emerged that the boys were all saved. He received a standing ovation and I am sure I was not the only one holding back the tears. He said that it took a group of geeks like himself who, because of their mutual love of caving, had come together to carry out what was thought to be an impossible feat. His message to educators was to never tire in nourishing learners’ interests in things they love doing. This, he said, is what ultimately saved the boys lives.
Open Learning Centre Building Project Update
Our application for government funding to build an Open Learning Centre takes its next important step next Thursday June 13. This is when we will give a presentation to an external panel who will judge the merits of our application against eight criteria. Our hope is that our project is judged favourably against the criteria and viewed as a priority above other projects. Only in this way will we receive government assistance for the project. Tony Skippington and myself will be giving the presentation. I shall keep you updated.
Rookies and Enrolment Interviews
Please be advised that Enrolment Interviews for Year 7 2021 will re-commence on Friday June 28. I urge parents to lodge their applications before then to secure an interview, as places are quickly filling.
We are delighted to welcome our Rookies to the College again today for their fourth Rookies’ Day. It is great to see many of our Rookies take up the invitation to trial for a Rugby League team we are entering in the AIC competition next term. Rookies are also putting their hand up to be involved in a Band and Choir program in Term 3 as well as our Swimming Program. Well done lads.
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