Noreen Wilcox Award for Excellence in Education
This year, the Noreen Wilcox Award went to our own HOD Teaching & Learning, Ms Edita Sliskovic. The Australian College of Educators’ website states: “Noreen’s efforts to enhance the opportunities for students through the refinement of teaching practice were a constant focus of Noreen’s life. An exemplary model, Noreen demanded and achieved a high standard from those around her.” Remind you of anyone? That’s why we’re very proud of Ms Sliskovic – because these same descriptors apply to her own character, teaching and mentoring practices. I’m sure all her past Philosophy and History students agree.
End of Year Stocktake
Checking in all school resources is important for many reasons. Of course we want to ensure that we have enough textbooks and library books for everyone in 2016. But we also need to sight resources so that we can repair them, purchase additional copies if necessary and plan for the coming year. Lastly, we need to reconcile our holdings with our database so that we are not wasting time looking for resources, which cannot be found. We are asking for the cooperation of students and parents in returning any and all school resources to the Library and Textbook promptly. Our emails and messages have been more urgent than ever, simply because with the inclusion of Yr 7, we have hundreds of extra students to supply with resources in 2016.
All Year 12 resources were due to be handed back Nov 16. Year 11’s and 10’s have until Nov 23rd and Yrs 7-9 can have resources until Dec 4, at the very latest. Your cooperation in returning textbooks and library books, will save labour both in the library and the office. Please return your loans BEFORE we spend time sending bills.
Are you a 21st Century Global Citizen?
Whether you are a student, parent, employer or teacher, scroll down this checklist of 12 collaboration skills to see whether you have what it takes to work together to get things done.
26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer
Also from the Global Digital Citizen website is another interesting list taken originally from an article by Terry Heick. What are the 26 Questions that every student should be able to answer at the beginning of the year? You won’t necessarily be able to respond to all of them off the top of your head, but learning and collaborating to learn will be more directed if you can answer a selection of these questions. Start with these:
1. What do I need to know about you?
2. What do you need from me more than anything else?
5. What’s the most creative thing you’ve ever done?
12. Are you a picky reader? What are your strengths as a reader?
13. What is your personal philosophy?
19. Where does your inner drive come from?
20. Who are your heroes or role models?
22. What are you good at that nobody knows?
23. What do teachers sometimes misunderstand about you as a learner?