From the Principal's Desk
If you slip, it doesn't mean you're less valuable. It simply means that you have something to learn from slipping.
Another week has gone by and it's already week four of Term 1. Jig Saw pieces continue to come together to form a picture at OLA and building blocks continue to be added. Last week I mentioned we were reviewing the support and extension programs within the school and this will continue as we determine the needs of the children and the best way forward in ensuring we're providing the best possible learning environment for the children.
Writing about pedagogy, learning styles and the complexity of schools today, I once read an educational editorial about a school teacher who asked her class of first graders to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. She thought of how little these children, from poor neighbourhoods, actually had to be thankful for. She knew that most of them would draw pictures of turkeys or tables with food. The teacher was taken aback with a picture a student handed in a simple childishly drawn hand. But whose hand was it?
The class was captivated by the abstract image. “I think it must be the hand of God who brings us food,” said one child. “A farmer,” said another, "because he grows turkeys.” Finally when the others were at work, the teacher bent over the student’s desk and asked whose hand it was. “It’s your hand, Teacher,” he mumbled. The anecdote illustrates how teachers, by the simple things they do, play an important role in the development of all children.
We are very fortunate in Australia to have a quality education system in comparison to other parts of the world. Our Catholic Education system would be non-existent if we did not have people who valued learning in a Catholic Education environment and strived to provide our children with experiences and learning situations that enable them to cope with the demands of an ever changing world. Let us acknowledge the wonderful work our teachers do for our students and community by saying thank you the next time you see your child's teacher.