I do not think that there is any high performing school across the globe that does not recognise that its fundamental task is to prepare students to take their productive place in an uncertain future. Every good school embraces contemporary, research driven approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. At St Paul’s this is what underpins our approach to the teaching of creative and critical thinking. Our educational programs will continue to be taught by highly skilled teachers, well versed and trained in current educational research about thinking skills, while dedicated to teaching the Australian Curriculum. Teachers are currently preparing their 2024 units of work to include the requirements of the new Version 9 Curriculum, renewing literacy and numeracy programs, assessment standards and calendars across the Key Learning Areas and the General Capabilities, including Creative and Critical Thinking.
I can assure you that St Paul’s will always honour and celebrate the diversity of its community and will provide opportunities for all students to discover where their strengths, talents and abilities lie. In this way, when they leave us, they will know what it is that they are good at and be well prepared for the next step in their learning journey, be it the world of further study or work.
This means that we have a responsibility to ensure that our students are not only positioned for academic success leading them to university, vocational programs and employment, but also that their learning at St Paul’s is grounded in a rich culture of creative endeavour, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Most importantly, though, it is our priority to ensure that our students grow into contributing citizens with a servant heart who understand that their fundamental obligation is to seek to make a positive difference to those around them.
This week I attended the St Paul’s Supporters Association meeting with Mr O’Sullivan Williams. It was a great experience to meet with such a committed group of parents and to hear of their vision for a revitalised Sporting Program, in particular. I have their long “wish list” with improvements that could be made to this important area of school life. Initially, a priority list will be made so that some of the essential changes can commence in the new year. As soon as we can secure quotes for the bigger items and determine the equipment required, we will prepare for the 2024 season. A big thank you to the dedicated supporter groups who drive the sporting program and ensure that our students can compete with other JTAS and TAS schools and in external sporting competitions.
We will not be hosting additional Friday Information sessions, however I am encouraged by the number of parents who are making time to see me about their particular questions. Mr O’Sullivan Williams and I are always happy to talk about your child’s learning needs now and in the future. Please do not hesitate to call for an appointment at any time.
This Friday is World Teacher’s Day and I ask that you join me in thanking our teachers, the backbone of the St Paul’s school community, who are always there looking after our student well-being, focusing on their academic success and fostering a servant heart at every opportunity.