Calendar 2021

Aug
05
07:00PM 05 August
College Musical
Beauty and the Beast: The Musical
Aug
12
11:30AM 12 August
Madagascar: Junior School Musical
Aug
18
09:15AM 18 August
Week 5
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W5...
Aug
19
09:00AM 19 August
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Aug
24
09:15AM 24 August
Junior School Tour (T3W06 2021)
Sep
09
09:15AM 09 September
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T3W08 2021)
Sep
14
09:00AM 14 September
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Sep
16
09:15AM 16 September
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W9...
Oct
19
09:15AM 19 October
Week 2
Junior School Tour (T4W02 2021)
Oct
27
09:00AM 27 October
Week 3
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Oct
28
09:15AM 28 October
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W3...
Nov
11
09:15AM 11 November
Week 5
Junior School Tour (T4W05 2021)
Nov
17
09:15AM 17 November
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Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W6...
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An Innovative Culture

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18 June 2021

An Innovative Culture

An Innovative Culture

Today for lunch I had a beef slider, a pumpkin and carroway scone, a passionfruit jel with poached pineapple (plus a couple more delights), accompanied by an Apple Infusion Tea – AMAZING! Thank you to our Stage 2 Food and Hospitality class on producing a High Tea experience that went above and beyond in quality compared to restaurant fare.

Our students have been preparing a menu, trialling dishes, refining techniques, and creating magic over the last five weeks culminating in today’s extravaganza for the taste buds (in case you haven’t noticed I am in culinary heaven)!

I’ve been thinking about innovation lately, and what an innovative culture looks and feels like. To me it is about enabling staff and students to explore their capabilities when there is a problem to be solved, especially one which may be unique, or may be tackled using a range of approaches. It’s also about creating spaces, providing resources, and empowering individuals to find their own way in their learning. Finally, we must know that we can fail fast as we challenge the status quo. More and more we are seeing that student agency can give students the ownership of their learning which enables them to go next level. The art of innovation is to use reflection and critical thinking to develop learner sophistication. 

Increasingly I see our students having an innovative mindset in their learning. Be it in eSport games competitions, creating theatre, tackling the big problems facing humanity or simply by changing up the House sports competition, the use of an innovative approach in learning creates renewal and inspiration. It can unleash the imagination and power the inquiring soul. The Torrens Park Campus team (staff and students), even as we near the end of a big term, are still prepared to be open to activities and approaches which require energy and engagement. I often drop into Ligertwood Library and have a quick chat, but also am mindful of the learning that students are engaged in. The application is not just because the assignment is due, it’s because the task is often asking them to think differently. Creating an innovative culture isn’t hard work, but it is about trust and being prepared to take an informed risk. I am looking forward to continuing to nurture an innovative learning environment at Scotch. Our learners deserve to know they have the power to be the change they want to be.

The Middle School Cross Country was a great success today, despite a course change at the last moment due to the increased flow in the creek. Assistant Head of Sport Casey Harnett, did a brilliant job to ensure that we had a safe course, even though most seemed to somehow get muddy and wet - oh the joys! Please make sure they do the washing parents (yeah right…).

You can get a look at some of the Cross Country highlights in photo form by following us on Instagram (in stories and in the latest posts).

Congrats to our Year 10 Netballers who progress to the State Finals in August after defeating Cornerstone College earlier this week - here’s hoping for great results for all our teams this weekend. 

Finally, I know that many of our country families are doing a little dance of joy tonight after the rains. Here’s to a great start for the growing season!

Dale