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Thursday, March 23rd 2017

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Term 1 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal | Learning and Staff Development

John Dewey writes: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

IMG 5638On Monday 20 March, Newman Parents hosted the screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed in the Marist Auditorium. The film explores contemporary learning and teaching from High Tech High in the United States. It boldly identifies the inadequacies of our current model of education and bravely imagines a world that is technology rich and reliant on creative and collaborative models of learning and engagement.

At Newman College, our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, seeks to give every teacher, student and parent an expectation that learning is contemporary and engaging. Moreover, an experience of learning that celebrates excellence of each student as they navigate an individualised and personalised pathway. The Teaching Staff, led by the Vision for Learning Team, have workshopped the pedagogical principles that will firstly inform our learning and teaching and secondly, develop the “soft skills” our young people need to navigate an unknown world. Soft skills that the film promotes as being the tools to be successful.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our community, staff and parents, that were able to be present at the screening. I asked those present to consider the following question; ‘From a parent's perspective, what learning experiences have been the most engaging and rewarding for your child? What about these learning experiences makes them significant?’ How would you answer this question?

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