“Good, better, best - never let it rest. Until your good is better, and your better is best!”
This is a phrase that I was told by students in 2008, at the New Plymouth Seventh-day Adventist School in New Zealand. These students knew this phrase intimately and it certainly stayed with me too! The road to improvement is quite a journey. This journey is long and requires perseverance and hard work.
On our rolling school improvement plan we decided as a staff to focus on sharing our school values more explicitly under the Special Character domain - this we have achieved. Under the area of Learning and Teaching, our teachers have been focusing on teacher planning and assessment, Real Schools and especially PB4L. All of these areas are adding improvements to our College practices. We have also focused this year on community partnerships and an ongoing commitment to character development.
So what is a rolling school improvement plan you ask? Well, all Seventh-day Adventist schools in Victoria aim to improve their practices and thus their product every year. In order to do this, staff and leaders assess their professional practices under four domains: Adventist Identity, Learning & Teaching, Leading School Improvement and Community Partnerships. Once assessments are complete, plans are created that aim to strengthen areas of weakness.
In many ways, our families can learn from this process too. What can we take away from this process you ask? Well, have you ever stopped to assess how your family is going with various parts of family life? Are you spending enough time with your children on a daily, weekly basis? Are you spending quality time with your spouse on a regular basis? Have you ever stopped to consider how you can improve particular areas of your life? What about your Christian experience? Are you spending quality time with God daily? If you could select four domains to assess, what would they be and how would you score?
Whatever it is you may decide needs improvement, just start small and aim for little improvements often, then after a while, you will notice indeed, that your good will become better and eventually, your better...will be best!
Mr Sonny Aiono