Body anxiety. Friendship break-ups. Social media obsessions. Tears, so many tears. For today’s Australian girls, tweens are growing up faster than ever. Welcome to the life of the “ten-ager”.
Principal, Mrs Marise McConaghy reflects on remote learning in CIO Magazine. 2020 was a year of fast learning, adaptability and a myriad new skills development. “…students have learnt to use a wide range of new technologies and tools in the remote learning context, and in the process they’ve developed new skills and have been able to exert greater autonomy over their learning” and teachers have had the opportunity to rethink and reframe their role from “…less as ‘knowledge delivery systems’ and more as mentors, guides and collaborators.” Read more about the transformation of 2020.
As educators, we’re always proud when our students achieve strong academic results, but we also want to know they’re equipped to thrive beyond their school years. We need to look beyond test scores and remember that academia is just one piece of a holistic education. The personal growth that students experience during their school years plays an equally important role in helping them build a fulfilling life.
This year we are proud to present Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort (’87) with the Strathcona Medal. Amanda is a shining example of alumnae who has a positive impact on our world. She has made significant legislative and policy changes for animal rights in Hong Kong and continues to do good work in Animal Law.
Deciding whether or not to send your child to early learning is one of a parent’s most important considerations, especially at this time of the year.
If you’re still on the fence about it, that’s ok, many parents are. After all, it’s a very personal decision and one that doesn’t have a right or wrong answer.
“The development in individual reflections, responses to feedback and data, and the ability of groups to troubleshoot and work together, were all heightened.” This year’s TC Envision program pivoted and students were able to learn more and expand their confidence. Ms Liesl Woods writes about the program’s 2020 journey.
The events of this year have taught us many lessons — perhaps the most significant one being that our students have remarkable resilience and aptitude for new ways of learning. We underestimated students’ desire and capacity to be self-organised, self-motivated and independent, and although we suspected this in many of them, the pandemic has forced us to move away from traditional structures and given students a chance to prove themselves extremely capable in charting their own paths.
“For Year 9 students at Strathcona Girls Grammar in Melbourne, things in the classroom are always a little different. They learn together on the school’s separate Tay Creggan campus, and take part in the bespoke TC Envision Program, which teaches important life-ready skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication and resilience.” Read a full interview with two of our TC Envision staff by the Wade Institute.