“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else”
― Margaret Mead
The invention of the silicon chip and mobile phones has initiated a new age, no longer are teachers the gatekeepers to knowledge. This democratisation of information has both its benefits and its challenges, especially for education. Skills such as creativity, problem solving and resilience become much more important. It is no longer enough to be able to answer the questions, you also need to be able to work out if the question is the right one and which answer is the most accurate. People react to these challenges differently and I have been immensely proud of how the SCOTS PGC community has embraced the new QCE System for Years 11 and 12. All staff are well into the process of planning and preparation.
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
― George S Patton
The impact of individuality on teaching and learning is two-fold, we need to embrace a student’s individual talents and abilities, but also encourage each student to become responsible for their own learning. Next year new procedures for assignments and examinations will be introduced to align the College with the new expectations. Inside the classroom differentiation is used to modify tasks to suit individual learner’s learning needs and goals, where students are given different activities or different learning outcomes. This is also expressed in the learning objectives for each subject. The new Mathematics Pathways programme in Year 5 and Year 9 is designed to tailor the learning to each individual student and will be rolled out to all students in Year 10 next year.
At home, this should manifest itself in how and when study is completed. The Study Guidelines are designed to encourage students to take ownership of their learning, increasing the suggested time for study in each year level up to Year 12. Directed study from teachers should allow the student to reflect, review and engage with the content at a deeper level. Some students may require more time, some less time. It is the goal of the College to encourage every student to get into the habit of independent reading as part of their regular study routine and as such forms part of the suggested study time.
We also appreciate that students may have outside commitments, are involved in clubs and societies and should be involved in an active and supportive social life. This holistic view is a core component of life at SCOTS PGC. As a consequence, we welcome parents and carers to communicate with teachers when students need additional support and when students have other commitments that may make study difficult. Study at home, whether directed by a teacher or planned by the student, shows students have the dedication to improve themselves. This, as well as participation in co-curricular activities and hard work, are components to a successful life of learning.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
― Colin Powell
Mr Mark Richards – Director of Learning and Innovation