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Pelican : June 2009
Best practice As part of the IDEAS process for school renewal, and after 12 months of discussions and workshops, the community of teachers and students at the College has developed a statement of teaching practice, or pedagogy. Teachers and students spent many hours discussing ways in which teaching and learning can be enhanced, and identified the characteristics of best practice as it applies to our College. The statement we have arrived at expresses our beliefs and the priorities we think are important. It’s a clear statement of our intentions and forms the basis of all our future curriculum planning and assessment. The statement is built around five concepts that underpin our approach to teaching and learning: • We challenge ourselves to expand our ideas and learning. We see potential barriers as opportunities for innovation. We approach all challenges critically and analytically. We expect nothing less than our personal best in all that we do so that our individual and collective potential is realised. • We collaborate with other professionals to provide a learning environment of excellence. We share ideas and co-operate within faculties and across faculties. Students collaborate with one another in groups and ensembles. Team-work, discussion and debate are valued and encouraged. Students take an active part in directing their own learning. The knowledge, skills and experiences of parents and the community are sought and are integral to the students’ learning. We respect the perspectives of others. 2008 College Dux, David Feng, and the Principal, Mr Peter Fullagar. A very good year I will begin by congratulating the class of 2008 for their solid academic performance. The ACT Scaling Test results yielded some pleasing University Admission Indexes (UAIs) for the majority of our tertiary entrance candidates. Just over 77% of our candidates received a score that would gain them entrance into a Canberra University. Our accredited students also did well, with the majority of them complementing their Year 12 Certificate with one or more vocational certificates. Congratulations to David Feng who was 2008 Dux of the College with a score of 98.35%. Special mention should also go to students who were acknowledged by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies at their Recognition of Excellence Ceremony last year. They were David Feng (Dux), Matthew Mitchell (Community Service), Matthew Ensor (Creative and Performing Arts) and Ryan Spiteri (Vocational Studies). These students represent the epitome of St Edmund’s values and embody our vision: ‘Achieving today. Leading tomorrow’. I invite all members of the St Edmund’s College Community to join us on our journey towards the ongoing actualisation of our vision. The passion of our community is often listed as one of our greatest strengths. I encourage all St Edmund’s students to be inspired by the examples set by David, Matthew, Matthew and Ryan. These young men relentlessly pursued their personal best to achieve accolades offered to only a few. Not everyone will be acknowledged by the government for their efforts but I anticipate with great pride the academic assemblies this year where we will publicly acknowledge those students who consistently achieve high grades for effort across all subjects. There is no limit to the number of those certificates we can award, and those students who achieve them are realising their own unlimited potential. John Alston Campbell Director of Teaching and Learning Teamwork- Senior students, Simon van Meurs, Andrew Carvolth and Geoffrey Dimarhos. 9 • We create a learning environment that encourages experimentation and exploration of ideas. All faculties encourage creative thinking and students are given opportunities to expand their understandings and to express their ideas in creative ways. • We contemplate our place in the world and encourage students to approach all subject areas with a sense of wonder. We provide quiet times for prayer and for reflection. We teach students to be good listeners and to invite enquiry in search of meaning and truth. • We connect with each other and with the world through personal relationships and emerging technologies. The teaching and learning in the classroom is applicable to real world situations and students are encouraged to take advantage of all resources available. We connect with local, national and international communities and we support those who are underprivileged. We look after others and are sensitive to those with different cultures or backgrounds. We are inclusive in the tradition of Edmund Rice. Heather McCalman Teaching and Learning Faculty