From the Principal
“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” (John Schaar, Futurist)
All Saints' College has focused, over the past three years of our current Strategic Plan, on optimising student learning and wellbeing. As we strive to achieve these goals, what becomes clear is that, whilst we are continuing to evolve and develop our current structures in leaps and bounds, adding value and opportunity, the imperative to continue to nurture independent, future-enabled young people means that we need to reach beyond common current structures.
As educational leaders, we remain committed to our core commitments of relevance, rigour and differentiation. We also strive, though, to reach beyond, taking inspiration from world-class contemporary thinking in education, ensuring that our students have access to a world-class education.
To help us in this work, we are pleased to be launching in 2018 Djoowak: the Beyond Boundaries Institute. (Djoowak is a Noongar word meaning “proceeding, following generation”.)
What is at the heart of this development?
At All Saints’ we believe that, for each of our students, it is through the pursuit of their passions and interests that they can most effectively achieve the elusive goal of self-actualization. Associated with this and fundamental to the mission of the Beyond Boundaries Institute (BBI) are All Saints' beliefs in the importance of student-centred learning, and the even greater imperative of student-directed learning, or heutagogy. With our College motto in mind – To serve with wisdom and courage – BBI also recognises that developing our students' capacity to serve and create value for others is central to all we do.
The BBI will assist us in our continued focus on, for instance:
- an integrated approach which acknowledges that effective teaching and learning do not take place in 'silos' or isolated departments;
- providing a “personalisable” education;
- acknowledging that much rich learning occurs before 8.30am and after 3.30pm, and that much rich learning also occurs informally as well as formally;
- recognising that online and offline learning are important;
- the notions of flexibility and hybridity – that there is no single 'pathway' to a tertiary education or to a range of futures;
- the fact that our students are interacting and learning in local, national and global contexts;
- preparing our students not just for an exam, but for a fulfilling life;
- the increasing blurring of traditional secondary and tertiary education boundaries.
In this, BBI recognises the work of Harvard University / Project Zero's David Perkins in “Beyonding Education”:
- beyond content – focusing, as well, on 21st century skills and competencies;
- beyond local – embracing, as well, global perspectives, problems and studies;
- beyond topics – transforming topics into tools of broad understanding;
- beyond disciplines – embracing interdisciplinary topics and problems;
- beyond academic engagement – striving for the even greater goal of personal significance, commitment and passion.
Who will run BBI?
The Institute will be run by our current Dean of Teaching and Learning, Esther Hill, who will work across our Pre K to Year 12 College in a newly-imagined role, that of Director of BBI.
To assist Esther, specifically in the delivery of our Senior School teaching and learning program, we have created a new role – that of Assistant Director – and I am pleased to report that Head of Design and Technology, Marianne Beattie, has been appointed to this position for 2018 and 2019.
Marianne brings a great deal of experience to this new role. She has taught and held leadership positions across different sectors, states, countries and departments, giving her a unique set of skills that benefit a curriculum leadership role. As part of that, over the years Marianne has held the position of Head of Department in Art, Design and Technologies, as well as in LOTE, ICT and in Business. She has instigated and run several inaugural creative and entrepreneurial programs, including Coder Dojo, Just Start IT and the National Computer Science Competition, and she was instrumental in the establishment of Creative Industries at ASC.
The Institute is an important way in which the College can further strengthen our quest to provide the optimal teaching and learning program and environment for our students and staff, and we look forward to sharing with you its work in the new year.
Ms Belinda Provis