Rapid change: will you harness or resist it? (Bursary info is listed below article)

Posted on October 7, 2016

One of the most anticipated product releases each year is the latest iPhone.  Journalists and fans from all over the world flock to San Francisco to see what is in store.

While you are guaranteed there will be excitement you are also guaranteed to see some controversy, and this year’s launch of the iPhone 7 was no exception.

One of the biggest changes announced this year is the removal of the input jack for headphones.  Instead, Apple wants users to use wireless ‘AirPods’ (conveniently a product the firm also sells) rather than this apparently ancient technology of plugging your headphones in.

Not only is this very savvy marketing, it also is a little confronting.  For me and many others, plugging in headphones to your phone or MP3 player (or Walkman for those of you old enough to remember them!) has been part and parcel of listening to music.

It’s interesting how such a relatively small change can seem so significant.  But, the reality is, we do this all the time.

Schools are no stranger to this.  Changing from chalk to whiteboard markers was a similar change.  Students now email teachers all the time rather than having to wait for spare periods to make small inquiries.

The way technology impacts our lives will continue to change.  The question for many of us is: will we be harnessing the change or resisting it?

All this points to the fact that students must be prepared for a world that is vastly different to the one we know today.  Wireless headphones are just the start.  Self-driving cars are already on the streets of Singapore.   A bridge in Norway is currently 3d printing itself across a river.

At St Paul’s we understand that students need to be equipped with a disposition of resilience, innovation and entrepreneurship.  It’s these skills that will best serve them to thrive in the world of tomorrow.

If you’re interested in learning more about what this looks like in the classroom, book a School tour today on our website.  I’d love the chance to show you first hand how St Paul’s students are creating their own story.


Bursaries are now being considered for existing St Paul’s School students entering Years 7 to 12 in 2017.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  All Bursary applications and all Bursary offers are to be treated in strict confidence and submitted to the Headmaster’s office only.

The following Bursaries are being offered for one year only.  Details and Criteria are listed below.


  • The Bishop John Oliver Feetham Memorial Bursarywill be awarded to a student in Year 12 2017Criteria:  Students should submit a covering letter detailing their performance in pursuing the Aims and Goals of the School.
  • The Adrian Bradley Memorial Bursarywill be awarded to a student in Year 11 2017 or Year 12 2017. The Adrian Bradley Bursary celebrates the achievement and example of the late Adrian Bradley, a former student and staff member at St Paul’s School.  Criteria: Students should submit a covering letter detailing their participation in the life of the School; achievement within the School; embodiment of the aims of the School; family association with the School; and detailing their performance in pursuing the Aims and Goals of the School.
  • The Ray Geise Bursary for Servicewill be offered to one student and it is open to any student from Year 7 2017 to Year 11 2017. This Bursary is to the value of $1,000 as a reduction in School fees. Criteria: Students should submit a covering letter detailing their performance in pursing the Aims and Goals of the School and must show evidence of consistently caring for others and helping them to live worthwhile and meaningful lives; students must have pride in their School and demonstrate this in their dealings with their peers and indeed the whole School community. In addition to the covering letter, students should submit a 1000 word essay on “Building a Christian Caring Community in the 21st Century.”


Criteria for all Bursaries:

In awarding all of the above Bursaries, particular attention will be paid to the performance of the applicants in pursuing the Aims and Goals of the School, and to any financial need which exists in the family.

All Bursary applicants should complete a Bursary application form and submit a covering letter addressing the specific Criteria as detailed above for each Bursary, NB  The Ray Geise Bursary applicants should submit a covering letter as well as an essay, as detailed above.

A separate application should be submitted for each child within a family.

Bursary application forms are available from the Headmaster’s Executive Assistant, Ms Sam Beeney, via email request:  [email protected]

Completed Bursary applications, including the supporting documentation and covering letters/essays should be submitted in a sealed confidential envelopeby Friday 14 October 2016 (the end of the second week of Term 4) to:  Dr Paul Browning, Headmaster, St Paul’s School, 34 Strathpine Road, BALD HILLS  QLD  4036.


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