By now you would have received your Semester 1 Reports. As communicated previously, those of you with children in Secondary School would have noticed a difference in what the Report looks like. Students now receive an academic statement at the end of each semester.
This is because students in Secondary School now receive feedback progressively throughout the semester following each piece of assessment. You can access this feedback through Parent Lounge.
With parent teacher interviews scheduled for Monday 17 July, the ability for more specific and individualised feedback throughout the year should make these meetings even more valuable and build a more holistic partnership between parent, teacher and student.
Overall, this is another step towards our journey to implement a learner profile from mid-2024. Invitations to participate in consultative focus groups regarding the learner profile will be sent out in the next few weeks.
At the final Secondary School Assembly of Semester 1, I challenged the students to, “imagine if”.
Humans have the innate ability to imagine. To dream. To vision. To wonder.
Sometimes we call imagining ‘daydreaming’.
Imagination is the beginning of the Invention Cycle. It is the birth of creativity, which then leads to innovation and finally, entrepreneurialism. The Invention Cycle, coined by Professor Tina Seelig of Stanford University, underpins Realms of Thinking and our aim to create innovative thinkers.
At the first Assembly for this semester, I said to the students that daydreaming, or imagining is incredibly important, but to make your dreams become a reality you must put in effort. Some of the best things in life you must work hard for. They aren’t handed to you.
As an example of what it takes, the finalists of the Music Solo Competition played at the Assembly. The students (and staff) were blown away at the remarkable abilities of those students, some as young as Year 7. But if you were to ask any one of them, I can safely say that they would have said their music prowess began with an idea, that they’d like to play an instrument. But then it took a huge amount of effort (practice) to become great at it and play like they did on a stage to 1000 people.
As your son or daughter receives their School Report this week, I am willing to bet that the results they received are directly commensurate with the effort they put in.
I encourage you to celebrate the effort and the results. And as you reflect with your son or daughter the results they received and their effort, set some goals for this coming semester. Can they truly say they put in the work? Can they stretch themselves just that little bit more? Can they achieve their dreams?
With effort, amazing things are possible.
Dr Paul Browning