High Notes, Vol 16 No 3, February 13 2015
P & C Meeting - February
The new three-stage process involves: developing strategic directions, identifying improvement measures and implementing, monitoring and evaluating the plan. I indicated that High would not be engaging in wide community consultation about strategic directions because the school has a clear mission and vision for the future.
Quality is about reliably repeating an expected standard or formula. Just as SAO biscuits have remained the same since 1906 and the recipe for Vegemite is unaltered since 1922, so too High’s foundation as a preparatory school for university entrance and its pursuit of all-round excellence, have sustained and inspired us since 1883.
We have strong educational theory driving our endeavours. Gagné’s differentiated model of talent development drives the Junior School discourse of personal development. Ziegler’s notion of an actiotope - students interacting with their environment to pursue excellence – is overlaid on Gagné in the senior school, where the discourse is mainly concerned with personal academic achievement.
As a leader, I am attracted to Max Depree’s idea of ‘intercepting entropy’. We have a really good educational product which we don’t want to see compromised by complacency. We are afraid of becoming one of John Hattie’s ‘coasting schools’ – ones with good results but not a lot of value added or student growth. ‘Better is the enemy of good’. Let’s be better. The DEC has adopted the approach of Simon Sinek (2009) Start With Why. Keep in balance a sharply focused ‘why’ we are doing it, with a collegially-derived ‘what’ we are going to do, to allow flexibility in ‘what’ individuals do to implement the plan. Our three pillars for 2015-17 are:
Maximising potential -our boys should be nurtured to become autonomous, engaged and successful learners, striving to maximise their potential in all areas of school life and as informed citizens.
Improving literacy – our boys need to read and write with more confidence, sophistication and skill.
Enhancing teaching – our teachers should polish their practice so that more of our boys can reach their learning goals and pursue excellence more vigorously.
Absence from after school Sport Training or Saturday Sport
Weights Room 2015 – Early bird discount
Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2015, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $218 for unlimited visits. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by February 27, 2015. Thereafter, boys using the Weights Room will be invoiced at $92 per term (=$368 for the year). Why is there so much difference? We want boys to train all year, so we make it easier for them to do. Also, we want to reduce the administrative costs of processing, recording and monitoring memberships on a term-by-term basis.
Dropping Off Students inside the Cleveland Street gates
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