“Everything changes and nothing stands still” is attributed to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 535BC to 475BC. I have used this expression while working with staff this term as we talk about the future of education and the place for Moama Anglican Grammar in this future.
Education is often thought of as an industry that has experienced little change since the industrial revolution which is considered to have finished transforming society by the 1840s. Many people question if the model of education established in the 1840s continues to prepare students for society today. The industrial age is often considered a time when there was a high demand for people to be prepared to work in factories on production lines where one or two skills were required and repeated daily.
This is no longer the world our young people leave school and enter in to, but the future is not set. Professor Alan Reid AM, from the University of Adelaide commented in his research that “the future is not inevitable: it is fashioned by humans who can either allow events and trends to wash over them and then respond to the effects, or be proactive and try to shape the outcomes.” I believe strongly that it is better for us to shape the future and be masters of our destiny.
We are currently exploring possible futures as we create a new strategic plan to direct the school until 2025 that continues to honour our vision statement; “To provide a safe and inspiring educational environment that provides students with the skills and confidence to move forward in life.” We have begun to work with staff about changes to learning and teaching that is based in research and we will continue these discussions to develop our profession further. We will also engage further with parents and the community about our strategic plan as it develops and seek input and feedback from you. This is an exciting venture as we dream about the possibilities for our young people and their future and our role in shaping these dreams.
I omitted to let parents know that last week Jenna Hildebrand finished work as the Librarian at Moama Anglican Grammar. It was remiss of me to have not acknowledge Jenna’s wonderful contribution to the development of the Resource Centre. Jenna has been instrumental in developing the collection of resources, supporting staff and students and creating an inviting and inclusive environment in the Resource Centre.
Jenna has decided to continue her study full time.
Mrs Carmel Spry