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From the window with a view - week 8, term 1 2014

From a Window with a View

Time passes so quickly when you are having fun, and week 8 has gone! Already! Reports back about the primary AFL Gala Day reflect the openness and joy our students bring to engaging in new challenges. They played the sport with a sense of fun, learning new skills and rules as they went. The students had a fabulous time. One reported back that he had scored 5 goals, never having played the game before. The look of dismay on his face told it all.

As their contribution to Harmony Day, this week Paula’s primary classes created flags for bunting, and class 6 brainstormed words which they considered to be appropriate reflective statements for the reverse side of the flags. Korowal was participating in an event open to all primary schools in the mountains. The bunting, or harmony flags, will be on display at the Winter Magic Festival.

In the high school this week the Year 8 students have begun preparations for their outdoor adventure to Deep Pass in 10 days time. Our Pathways students have almost completed their Preliminary Course, with end of course exams next week. There is a move towards completion as Semester 1 of the academic year comes to a close, having begun in term 4 of last year. Year 8 are also coming to the end of French classes, and Louise is preparing for the introduction of Japanese to Year 7 and Years 9/10 elective next term.

As you are possibly aware, every five years Independent Schools reapply for Registration and Accreditation with the NSW Board of Studies and this year is our time to do so. All of the relevant documents are being uploaded over this next week. The highlight of this review is that all staff participate in revitalizing discussions on praxis and the collegial spirit of cooperation and sharing is enhanced at this time. Sharing programs and conversations about differentiated learning and assessment opportunities provides profound professional development for all staff.

Korowal primary and high school cluster meetings always provide the space for reflection on individual students, class groups and class culture, programs and resourcing. Visiting relief teachers often comment on the calibre of discussions and shared awareness that staff bring to these meetings. The introduction of the new NSW Australian Curriculum this year is another springboard. While it does not change the way we do things, it places a slightly different emphasis in some subject areas through subtle shifts in content.

Finally, I am enjoying meeting more of you and listening to your ideas and offers. Thank for taking the opportunity to stop by for a cuppa and chat, and thanks also to those who have come to meet with me to raise questions or seek clarification. We will continue the cuppa under the bough this Thursday. As I am writing this, the permaculture group and Rosemary Morrow are outside the window, under the bough, drawing up plans for the Korowal site. It is such a beautiful day in the grounds.

Time to take a walk.


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