Learning Pathways: Choosing the Future

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“True education is a kind of never-ending story – a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

This is the season of new beginnings, soon the cold, frosty mornings will melt away to the renewal of spring.  This year, this is even more evident, with the return to College post lockdown already feeling like a new start.  Endorsement, a big event of the new QCE System is almost upon us, and the Year 10s are currently deciding their future path.  This week they were presented with the subject lines for 2021, which they will transition into in Term Four.  This can be a confusing and challenging time and I encourage all Year 10 parents to discuss these choices with your child.  It is important to think and talk about future goals, to think about possible pathways as the present can change suddenly and unexpectedly.   Choose subjects you enjoy; ones you are achieving well in or that are prerequisites for University courses and careers.  Below is a link to a presentation about the new QCE system, but it is relevant to any parent of students in Year 11 and below.

https://prezi.com/view/DjWAKNiyLIfazB462Dtk/

“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.” – Barack Obama

As humans, we never stop learning and consequently, there is always a way.  We must continue to expand and adapt our minds to cope with the multitude of new experiences and situations, regardless of our age.  When we talk about the lifelong learning mindset, we think about the cultivation of habits as opposed to just the achievement of goals.  One of the greatest gifts teachers can give students is developing their capacity and desire to learn independently.

It is worth noting that global curricula indicate a strong focus on the development of the following skills:

  • A vision of students as ‘lifelong learners’
  • Principles of ‘learning to learn’
  • The values of ‘innovation, inquiry and curiosity’
  • Learning areas that emphasise participation beyond school

Here at SCOTS PGC, we aim to focus on skills, on the ability to adapt, create and innovate, to enable our students to acquire the ability to solve problems and think for themselves.  Our STEM and Maths Pathways programs have these skills embedded and our co-curricular offerings expand the learning to outside of the classroom.  Learning in a digital world requires a commitment to continuous learning and reflecting, a process of adoption and adaptation.  It requires subtlety, nuance and, ultimately, working together as part of humanity.  Hopefully, the publishing of the Semester One reports will give students an opportunity to reflect and work towards improvement.  It is important to highlight the College value of tenacity, to keep on going even when it gets tough.  Of course, we are here to help, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly, or their Head of Year, to discuss any aspect of the report.