It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I say farewell to Turramurra High School. My journey forward will take me into a world of new challenges but the mindset I will bring has been intricately shaped by my experiences as the Principal of this great school.
So we find ourselves at the end of another year! Each year I am asked to publish my Presentation Night speech as part of my blog posts, so please find my 2017 speech below. Have a wonderful Christmas and restful New Year. Thank you to all who read my blogs for your interest and your thoughts about the future of education.
It’s that time of year again. The time where thirteen years of schooling reaches its pinnacle and the HSC examinations begin. Whilst the HSC plays an important role in providing an indication of what a student can reproduce of their knowledge under examination conditions …(oh dear, I didn’t do a very good job of masking my opinion then did I?)...we should not be misled into believing that it is an indicator of how well a student can think.
Living with uncertainty and finding self-compassion…There is a lot to said about the increasing levels of anxiety that I have noted in my previous blogs and the level of uncertainty that we are forced to live with in a world where the media and society dictates expectations that may actually be unrealistic, or at least are a false representation of reality in terms of what the individual might need.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a breakfast at Parliament House this week where Rob Stokes, the recently appointed Minister for Education in NSW gave a keynote address.
I was asked by a number of people at our Year 12 Graduation ceremony, if I would share my Graduation speech via my blog. So please read this as a speech rather than my usual blog style. I hope that the message here is heard by many and as always, I would be happy to hear your thoughts via the school email.
I was introduced to a website yesterday called "World Clock". There are actually a number of such websites to choose from, but what they offer is a frighteningly confronting look at how quickly our world is changing. Just as an indicator, open the following site while you read this blog:http://www.worldometers.info/
Recently, I have been inspired by the work of one of our THS parents who has been researching a chapter for the latest book by John Mauldin, looking at the impact of new technology on our world in the next twenty years. This fascinating work has revealed the incredible impact that technology is having on our lives and the future careers of our children.
I am sure that many of you have now heard that last week at the Ravenswood speech day in a brave act of rebellion, the school captain delivered a speech which was not the one that had been approved for her to deliver at this event. Unfortunately, since the media got hold of the news, it has become very much sensationalised and sadly, the actual point of her speech has been lost in a plethora of political agendas and media beat-up.