News from Number 10...not Downing Street!
A new year, a new group, a new space and this week working with new TA’s; I feel like I’ve been professionally spring cleaned! The first teacher report of the year from the Biggies and I feel motivated and privileged to be working with a group with momentum, energy and a purpose to their learning. Home work, dialogue with parents, conferencing and sharing ideas, taking on challenges, meeting time frames, doing more than is expected, taking pride in a job well done, showing responsibility and being flexible enough to cope with a timetable and calendar that has shifted and morphed.
The Biggies have been out and about in the first 4 weeks. We went to the Rosny Outdoor Education department for a session on how to use the Trangia stoves and an overnight trip to Fortescue Bay where we explored sunken ship wrecks, body surfed, trekked, camped and of course cooked pancakes on the fuel stoves! A comment from a parent who came on camp with us for the first time was, he couldn’t believe his son had been coming on these adventures for years and that they were so wonderful. He felt like he’d left it very late to experience the thrill of the adventure but appreciative of the opportunity to view and understand the personalities, strengths and attributes of all the children in the group.
The Biggies attended a day long leaders conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor which has continued to feed into our unit for the term focusing on the attributes of a leaders and how to develop these skills and qualities and select from an increasing range of strategies to solve problems and respond to and direct their own learning.
If you would like some more details on the first month back in 2017 in the Biggies, please ask one of our students. They are approachable, communicative, articulate and boy do they love to chat! Cheers, Tom