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President@APPA

November 2015

Dear Colleagues,

This is the final Connected Leader for 2015. I hope you enjoy it!

THE APPA CHARTER FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLING

The APPA Charter for Primary Schooling was launched at Parliament House in Canberra last week in front of a large number of parliamentarians from both Houses and members of the APPA National Advisory Council (NAC).

APPA’s initial Charter was released in 2007 at a time when primary principals were dealing with an increasingly crowded curriculum. More and more, schools were being asked to solve social problems. Technology in schools had taken off. It’s difficult to say that much has changed. In fact, the pace of change has only gathered pace. The Charter is, then, about giving direction to education policymakers as to what’s unique about primary education and what we need to focus upon each day in our schools.

We know that schools must stay tuned to the business of educating children. We must stick with our core principles – quality teaching in every classroom, highly competent principals and strong partnerships with families. And, of course, our communities should respect and value education.

Our Charter begins, ‘primary schools teach our children and contribute to our nation’s future’. If we invest in the young, we know the social, educational and economic benefits to be found in the years ahead. It’s an investment that must be made.

Trans-Tasman Conference in Auckland 31 May – 3 June 2016

This exciting conference is well on track with speakers and workshop presenters being finalised. We are hoping for a large contingent of Australian primary principals and school leaders. This is a once in 8-year chance to join with New Zealand leaders in New Zealand to discuss and share views and information on primary education.

More details at: www.transtasmanconference.co.nz. Early bird registrations close 31 March 2016.

NAPLAN Online

APPA has established a reference group to meet with ACARA about the issues involved in moving NAPLAN online. Our first meeting was held recently and we heard about the initial outcomes from the online trials and next phases. The full report on the trials will be out early 2016. As things currently stand, schools will need to choose how to do the tests; either all on paper or all online. We raised the serious concern regarding the Year 3 Writing assessment moving online and the use of automated scoring for writing.

We are currently discussing the benefits and possible consequences of this development. The Education Council, made up of the Federal and the State and Territory Education Ministers, has agreed to move NAPLAN online by 2019. Some will begin in 2017. At this point, APPA is calling for further investigation to ensure validity, consistency and equity are assured with NAPLAN Online. Another question is, if writing will be typed and then assessed by a computer, does this create less of a need for handwriting skills as we move to a more technological world of digital devices?

APPA Teacher Education

APPA has developed the Teacher Education: Essential Elements document. This document states clearly the expectations principals have for teacher education courses and can be found on the APPA website under Policy and Media – Position Papers.

SchoolAid: KidsGive

SchoolAid will roll out a major appeal for the Syrian Refugees. The main focus will be to set up a support fund. Primary school principals can apply for a “Start-up Package” for students enrolling in the school who have come from Syria. The appeal will be directed through www.kidsgive.com.au.

Chief Scientists: Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Science.

This event saw the awarding of the Excellence in Science Teaching to Rebecca Johnson from Windaroo State School. On the night, the Prime Minister spoke and acknowledged the great work primary teachers do and the importance of innovation and science in the curriculum.

APPA Conference 2017

The APPA Conference will be held in Brisbane 13-15 September 2017. Theme: A Symphony of Diversity Agility, Creativity, Legacy. Stay tuned!

Acknowledgements

I want to acknowledge and thank the National Advisory Council (NAC) members for their work this year. I have appreciated the professionalism and dedication each member provided to the many issues we dealt with this year. This has been a transition year for APPA as we moved to a new governance structure and process.

We especially acknowledge Dave Edwards who will be retiring from the Board as National President of ACPPA and member of the NAC. Dave has been a keen advocate for primary principals and represented his sector well. Dave has been a strong contributor and we thank him for his time and willingness to attend meetings on behalf of APPA.

I also acknowledge the contribution from Adrian Bosker, Mark De Kluyver and Andrew Boyd.

We wish Rose Nuttall all the best with her move into teaching. Rose has been a fantastic executive assistance for APPA. Her diligence to detail and wonderful approach to all members of APPA has been a highlight.

To everyone, have a great end of term and we look forward to catching up again in 2016.

Best wishes,

Dennis Yarrington
President, Australian Primary Principals Association
E: dennis@appa.asn.au
Mobile: 0466 655 468

 

APPA’s Business Partners work with us in supporting primary school principals and their communities. In turn, your support of them is greatly appreciated. Here’s something interesting about each. Visit the APPA website to find out more.

SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

Scholastic’s partnership with APPA as our Major Partner builds on their work directly in schools. Whether it be the messages and books sent to schools after fire or flood, their new Book Club for Principals or their funding of the recent APPA Forum looking at teacher education, Scholastic works with us to make things better in schools. I suggest investigating what Scholastic’s PR1ME Maths and Literacy Pro can do for your students and teachers.

MY LIFE MY SUPER

With a new focus, Catholic Super will soon become My Life My Super on the APPA website. My Life My Super supports the work of APPA and other principals’ associations while offering superannuation that meets the needs of young workers in schools and early childhood centres. With a core set of values based on honesty, trust, respect, openness and compassion, My Life My Super aims to provide competitive and cost effective superannuation benefits. Well worth a look!

CAMP AUSTRALIA

Begun almost 30 years ago by brothers Anthony and Andrew Phillips, Camp Australia has become, at one level, a provider of high quality out-of-school-hours care. But it is their commitment to helping others through the Camp Australia Foundation where we find that something special. Generous in their support for disadvantaged communities and children, the Foundation aims to make a difference and we aim to work with them. Ask Camp Australia about what they can do for your school.

ACADEMY PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s time to plan your 2016 School Photography and with a team of professionals ready to accommodate your location and date Academy Photography will give your school a superb range of product. Class photos, Year Books, Student Attendance records, diaries, calendars and newsletters are just the start. With everything completed in-house to ensure the highest quality, schools can be assured of Academy’s professional service every time, every year.

MAPPEN

Developed over 4½ years and thousands of hours of expert authorship MAPPEN’s 32 exemplary, fully resourced curriculum units have been crafted based on field-testing and feedback from over 1500 Australian educators across 50 schools. Solve one of the biggest dilemmas facing school leaders and teachers – how to find the time to plan and write a comprehensive, fully resourced curriculum that meets mandated standards and students’ needs. Call MAPPEN today.

MICHAEL HAWTON’S PARENTSHOP

With a Australian Institute of Family Studies report showing that up to 24% of Australian parents want to learn parenting skills online, the Talk Less Listen More e-course will benefit Australian families because it is practical, developed by experts and will contribute to our communities. Michael, highly regarded in the area of personal growth and development, also delivers practical courses on Tough Conversations and Managing Challenging Behaviours in the Classroom. Quality professional learning for you and your leadership team.

ScopeIT EDUCATION

With Australian educators and Information and Computer Technology advocates calling for coding to be included in our school curriculum, ScopeIT Education is the timely solution. ScopeIT offers a full-service ICT solution for school principals providing high quality courses, professional instructors and all necessary equipment (including laptops, software and even a 3D printer). Each course is co-designed by Dr Heather Sharp (PhD) around the Australian Curriculum, so there is no need to trade-off with other school activities.

SCHOOL FOR LIVING

The Dusty and Friends Resilience and Wellbeing program is now an endorsed provider of BOSTES (NSW). The Dusty and Friends package comes complete when you register for an accredited workshop. For details about the next session within NSW please contact the School For Living on 0438 540 564. Spaces are limited. Final workshop for 2015 will be held Mid December.
 

Interviewees urgently sought for 2016 series of ‘Connected Leader’


Do you love your job?
Primary school principals across Australia, from Catholic, government and independent schools, are invited to contact the Managing Editor of ‘Connected Leader’, Debra Crouch, who is currently seeking interviewees for the remainder of the 2016 series of ‘Love the Job’ (written) interviews. To express your interest in assisting with this project, please contact Debra at: debrajoycrouch@gmail.com or 0413 009988.
 

Trans Tasman Principals' Conference 2016

Trans Tasman Principals' Conference 2016

31 May - 3 June 2016, Auckland, New Zealand


Register now, pay later!

On behalf of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, the Australian Primary Principals Association and the host committee from Auckland Primary Principals’ Association, we invite you to register for the Trans-Tasman Principals’ Conference to be held at SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland on 31 May – 3 June 2016.

Payment via invoice is available for all registrations received before the end of November, don’t delay register now!

The theme of the conference is “Knowledge in Our Hands” with the emphasis on telling the stories that excite us within education. In the spirit of collaboration, we have structured a programme that showcases stories and story tellers from both sides of the Tasman, which we are sure will provoke energetic discussion and professional debate.

Please check out the exciting Conference programme and the high calibre speakers confirmed to date.  Speakers include Noel Pearson, Andrew Patterson, Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser to name but a few.

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland next year!


Jill Corkin
Chair – Organising Committee
Auckland Primary Principals’ Association

http://www.transtasmanconference.co.nz/registration/register-now/

 

Principals in the news

November 2015

Sue Roche

Congratulations to Sue Roche, the principal of Cranleigh School, in Canberra. Ms Roche recently received an award for excellence in teaching.
 
 

Mubarak Noor

This background and discussion about the dismissal of a long-serving Brisbane principal raises some important questions about a clash between the expected role of a school employee and one’s personal and professional ethics, particularly in a religion-based school.
 

Alisha Trusty

In this sad breach of ethics, a former principal of a high school in Baltimore, USA, recently pleaded guilty to five charges of theft. Mrs Trusty admitted to stealing $US50,000 from the school's student activity fund, so she could pay for $US 25,000 worth of personal items, pay a number of personal bills, legal fees and a 19-day hotel stay in New Jersey.
 

Vale, Charles Sligo

The Reverend Charles Sligo, the former headmaster of headmaster of Ivanhoe Grammar School, in Melbourne, will be missed by his friends and family. According to his son, one of his favourite sayings was, ‘You are what other people see in you.’
 

Colin Pettit

Former Education Department executive, APPA National Council member and school principal Colin Pettit was recently appointed as Western Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. For the past four years Mr Pettit has been the Tasmanian Secretary of Education for the Department of Education.
 

Interviewees urgently sought for 2016 series of ‘Connected Leader’


Do you love your job?
Primary school principals across Australia, from Catholic, government and independent schools, are invited to contact the Managing Editor of ‘Connected Leader’, Debra Crouch, who is currently seeking interviewees for the remainder of the 2016 series of ‘Love the Job’ (written) interviews. To express your interest in assisting with this project, please contact Debra at: debrajoycrouch@gmail.com or 0413 009988.
 

Locally made ethical school wear

Through their own procurement policies local schools have the power to support an ethical Australian clothing industry and help prevent the exploitation of workers. There are local school wear manufacturers who are committed to making clothes locally the right way.

Ethical Clothing Australia is responsible for accrediting local clothing and footwear manufacturers to ensure that their workers are receiving their legal wages and entitlements, and working in decent conditions.

To find out more contact Ethical Clothing Australia to ask how we can assist your school to source ethically accredited school wear.

Phone: 03 94190222
Email: info@ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au
Website: www.ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au

Opinion and analysis

November 2015

Richard Teese

Australian schools are experiencing partial ‘ghettoisation’, where disadvantaged students are educated apart and have no access to more advantaged peers, warns this education academic.
 

Henry Grossek

‘With parents paying premium fees for their children to attend our elite private schools, their children can be excused for believing that they are entitled,’ says the principal of Berwick Lodge Primary School, in Victoria. Henry Grossek recently expressed his views in an article he wrote for Melbourne’s ‘Age’ newspaper.
 

Kathy Walker & Helen McGrath

A useful range of views on the optimal school start age, in the context of an up-to-date discussion on inconsistent starting age policies across the nation and early results from Australian Institute of Family Studies research.
 

Lorraine McCurdy

An Education Department-supported decision to invite Shi’ite students at a Victorian primary school to temporarily leave the room while the National Anthem was being sung has contributed to an ongoing debate on the sensitive boundaries between good citizenship and religious observation.
 

Nicole Rogerson

The CEO of Autism Awareness Australia, Nicole Rogerson, comments on the latest in a series of incidents across the nation, over the past few years, where schools are struggling to manage the behaviour of some autistic students.
 

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Research, reports and statistics

November 2015

Student motivation and engagement: does gender matter?

Professor Andrew J. Martin, from the University of NSW, explains the concept of the Motivation and Engagement Wheel.
 

The ‘Closing the Gap’ report

This report on the latest ‘Closing the Gap’ report provides useful analysis and discussion on Australia’s progress in improving learning outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
 

Science outreach programs

Outreach programs, where university-level education and science students deliver science lessons in primary schools, are being trialled in England. Anecdotal evidence suggests that outreach activities raises aspirations in the learner.
 

‘Educational Opportunity in Australia 2015’ report

The ‘Educational Opportunity in Australia 2015’ report has revealed a significant difference between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
 

Moral education for children

A University of Chicago study has suggested that religion and moral behaviour don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand for children. This report looks at several recent studies on religion and the development of ethics.
 

PR1ME Mathematics—based on the world’s best practice used in Singapore PR1ME has been developed by Scholastic in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Singapore.

How does it work? PR1ME: explicitly and systematically teaches the problem solving processes and strategies; uses consistent and carefully structured pedagogy; takes a carefully scaffolded, deep-dive into conceptual development; actively involves students in metacognition; and provides professional learning for teachers.

Education news

November 2015

Queensland reviews Enrolment Management Plans

More than 430 state primary and high schools in Queensland have school Enrolment Management Plans (EMP) that come into force when the school hits more than 80 per cent capacity. The EMP system is now under review.
 

Contamination fear

Salt Ash Public School, in NSW, was not initially included in the contamination zone surrounding Williamtown Air Force base. However, the recent extension of contamination zone boundaries means that students are no longer able to eat produce grown in the school’s vegetable patch.
 

WA principal assaulted

A WA primary school principal has taken extended leave after she was punched repeatedly in the face and chest by a parent and another adult.
 

Multiple calls to prevent child drowning

Victorian Coroner Caitlin English has joined Life Saving Victoria in a call for curriculum-based water safety lessons. Seventy-nine Victorian children have drowned in the past 10 years.
 

Oldest primary school student in the world

At 90-years old, this Kenyan great-grandmother and primary school student wishes to inspire children to learn to read and write. Primary education has only been universal and free in Kenya for the past 12 years.
 

For 40 years, Scholastic Australia has been partnering with schools across the country to give kids access to books they want to read through Clubs and Fairs. In 2012, Scholastic gave Australian schools over $11 million worth of Scholastic Rewards. To find out how you can spend Scholastic Rewards on resources and save your budget, visit

Balancing act

November 2015

TED TALK: Talks on how to love work again

Maybe a huge project just landed on your desk. Or you’re feeling like your staff don’t appreciate you. Whatever has you down, these talks offer the deep breath you need.
 

Major mistakes people make when dealing with stress

Author of ‘How not to worry’, Paul McGee shows that there is a way to tackle life's challenges in a calmer and more considered way. It is possible to use a certain degree of worry and anxiety to spur us on towards positive, constructive action, and then leave the rest behind.
 

Defuse difficult people

The CEO of Mindworks, Nina Godiwalla, outlines how to change your reaction to a disagreement in order to create a better situation.
 

How to master emotion

Directing your focus on three key questions can change your life. In this video, Tony Robbins shows how to harness the power of choice to improve your life.
 

Ten proven health benefits of walking every day

Brisk walking in the morning has 10 surprising physical health benefits that you may not know about.
 

Camp Australia delivers after school care solutions, building on the educational experience of school communities. As the nation’s leading after school care provider Camp Australia has partnered with school communities for 25 years, adding value by delivering high quality care, well-trained staff, systems and support. Find out how Camp Australia will add value to your school community at

Policy and innovation

November 2015

Flexible learning areas

Our Lady of the Assumption School, in Sydney, is located in a former Telstra training centre. The innovative layout does not include designated desk areas, explains principal Cathy Young.
 

Curriculum policy on animals

How does your school’s curriculum portray animals? A Danish zoo says it will dissect a lion in front of children, undeterred by the international furore that hit Copenhagen Zoo when it did the same thing to a giraffe last year.
 

Sunglasses for every student

The principal of Oakdale Public School, in NSW, has decided to provide a pair of sunglasses for all of her students. ‘We want the children to avoid getting eye conditions and diseases,’ she explained.
 

Extending creativity

Grade 5 and 6 students at Yarraville West Primary School, in Victoria, were excited to learn that their stop-motion film, ‘George and His Groaning Mouth’, won the Best Overall Primary School award in the annual ACMI ‘Screen It’ awards.
 

Sensory garden and play area

Canberra Principal Greg Walker describes a new playground feature in his school as ‘an oasis in the middle of our school to foster the learning and development of all students.’
 

KidsMatter Primary is a proven mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools. It provides expert knowledge, tools and support to help schools grow healthy young minds and care for children’s mental health. KidsMatter is backed by the expertise of Principals Australia Institute, beyondblue and the Australian Psychological Society.

Professional skill-building

November 2015

How to lead change management

Communication is not the same as engagement, advises DeAnne Aguirre, who discusses techniques that can help companies transform quickly and effectively.
 

Can introverts lead?

Francesca Gino, associate professor at Harvard Business School, explains how quiet leaders with proactive teams can be highly successful.
 

Curriculum leadership for democracy

As a curriculum leader, does your school explicitly teach children to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, so that they can become better democratic citizens? This interview explains the Philosophy for Children program.
 

TED TALK: The new power of collaboration

Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action.
 

Employee engagement: who’s sinking your boat?

Seven out of 10 employees are dis-engaged, and two out of 10 are actually trying to sink your boat? Learn the latest employee engagement research, and learn what engaged employers can do to keep their organisations afloat.
 

Academy Photography are proud sponsors of the Australian Primary Principals Association. Academy Photography services include school photography, yearbooks, complete printing and educational solutions using latest technologies.

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Money matters

November 2015

Heroes and villains parade

Throwing cream pies at teachers (for a small fee, of course) was just one of several entertaining fete activities at a recent fundraising event at St Bernadette’s Primary School, in Sydney.
 

Australian Schools Plus

An inner-city government school in Melbourne has turned to new education charity, Australian Schools Plus, to raise $18,000 for an 18-week preschool program to prepare children for school. Since receiving deductible gift recipient status in March, Australian Schools Plus has raised more than $500,000 for disadvantaged state schools.
 

Schools notified of non-compliance

Six schools affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) have been issued with notifications by the Department of Education and Training. It is alleged that the schools have not complied with the financial management and governance requirements of the Australian Education Act. The six schools, which may have their funding withdrawn, are in Canberra, NSW, Brisbane, Melbourne, South Australia and Western Australia.
 

Donation to fund school for disadvantaged families

A new primary school with free health services is to be built near Facebook headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, USA. Funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the school will cater primarily for preschool to year 8 students from low income families.
 

The Solar Buskers

The idea to make this video took off when South Geelong Primary, in Victoria, started a fundraising campaign through renewable energy crowdsourcing platform, The People’s Solar, to raise $30,000 to install a solar system that would power classrooms.
 

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Love the job

November 2015

Mr Ari Guha

Head of Junior School, Redlands School
Sydney, NSW

Where are you currently working as a school leader?

I am currently the Head of Junior School at Redlands School, a four-campus, co-educational school in Sydney that caters for students aged 3-18. My role oversees approximately 420 students in years 3-6 but I work closely with my counterparts in early childhood (P-2) and the secondary school (7-12). I moved to Sydney from the UK and joined Redlands in 2006, initially as a class teacher and then moved back into leadership through this role in 2009, the second headship of my career. Redlands has been a wonderful school for me to continue to grow as a leader, providing the perfect balance of support and challenge for me to continue to push the boundaries of what can be achieved here.

How long have you been a school leader? What/where was your first appointment?

I have been a school leader for nearly 12 years. Prior to relocating to Sydney with my wife, I was the Head of Salcombe School in London in the UK. That was my first school leadership role and one I enjoyed for nearly five years. Crucially, I was fortunate to have had two respected, experienced school leaders as mentors. I now look back on this assistance as an integral factor to the successes I enjoyed in my first leadership role. These mentors continue to be great sounding boards for me today and I have since added others to my professional support network.

 

NEW resilience and wellbeing program

Dusty and Friends is a great resource for learning and building resilience in children. Game ON highlights the importance of being calm and prompts children to see how consequences result from actions. A popular resource in Early Stage 1- Stage 1 classrooms, children identify and relate to different characters. The program aligns with the Australian Curriculum and works well for Stage 3 in a peer support model. Available for immediate download through the School For Living website.

Love the job

November 2015

Mr Ari Guha

Head of Junior School, Redlands School
Sydney, NSW

(continued from previous page)

When, and why, did you originally want to become a school leader?

I did not start my teaching career with a desire to become a school leader. In fact, when people ask me what I do now, I always respond by saying that I am a teacher rather than a school leader. Teaching and the love of the job was exactly what drew me into this privileged career and spending time in classrooms is still one of the most essential and enjoyable parts of my day-to-day leadership role. After a year as the deputy head at Salcombe, the incumbent head left at relatively short notice and I was given the opportunity to step into his shoes at the tender age of 28. Challenges have always motivated me and at the time professionally, this was the biggest one I had faced with the additional ‘bonus’ of an OFSTED school inspection in my first year. However, the opportunity was also one that energised me and I felt I could add value to; looking back, the trust and support placed in me during my five years I spent as Head of Salcombe set me on my leadership journey for which I will be eternally grateful.

The art of leadership is an area of learning which I am passionate about and supported by Redlands, I spend considerable time researching and engaging in this area for both my own professional growth and to share with colleagues. Some of the most insightful learnings I have found on leadership are actually from leaders in other fields and this opportunity to transfer knowledge learnt from accomplished and respected leaders from other industries into the context of schools is something that I have found adds significant value.

The opportunity to help shape a school’s vision, direction, culture, values and expectations were all contributory factors in my desire to be a school leader. These things take time and in a world that craves short term outcomes, having the patience and being given the time and support to influence these is critical. As leaders we are all slightly different but having a positive influence on others is of common importance and I find that combining the heart and the head serves my style best. Integrity and emotional intelligence in leadership are other values that cannot be underestimated but, ultimately, for me, it has always been about striving to provide the very best academic, extra-curricular, social and emotional learning opportunities for the children entrusted in the schools I have had the privilege of leading.

What was your worst day?

I cannot recall ever coming home from work and thinking, ‘that was my worst day’. Yes, some days are more challenging than others but this is part of the nature of our roles and indeed, leadership in any environment. It is these difficult and confronting times that really test our leadership capacity and at these points, I have always seen my role to be empathetic, compassionate, clear of thought and calm under pressure, key personal leadership traits that I feel are intrinsically part of my own DNA as a leader. The flip side is that I regularly have days where I’ve arrived home and felt like I’ve had one of the greatest days of my career!

As a new principal, what was the most useful lesson you ever learned from a more experienced principal colleague?

I have been very fortunate to be coached as a new principal by Trevlyn Geiles, who was a member of the Principals’ Advisory Team here in WA. I am also member of a strong school network, the Southern Association of Instructional Leaders. I have a strong belief in lifelong learning so I am continually learning from others. One particularly important lesson I have learned is that you need to coach your staff to solve their problems because this will build their capacity. Particularly when I first became a principal here in WA, I would eagerly pick up all the staff’s issues and solve them for them because I wanted to improve the school for everyone. What I have learnt is that you need to listen carefully to your staff and coach them to identify their own options and then support them in implementing their chosen solution so that you build the staff’s knowledge, skills and confidence.

 

Love the job

November 2015

Mr Ari Guha

Head of Junior School, Redlands School
Sydney, NSW

(continued from previous page)

What makes you smile at work?

We spend so much of our lives in our workplaces that it is imperative to work in a career, or in a school, that fosters a sense of happiness, fulfilment and purpose. There are many things that make me smile at Redlands and I also believe that smiling is infectious. As a school leader, you have the opportunity to set the tone of your environment and I am confident that colleagues, students and parents at schools where I have worked would tell you that I love my job.

What specifically makes me smile? The joy of seeing children enjoying the learning process and their sense of accomplishment when overcoming challenges. The look of unadulterated joy when students achieve something that they had thought was beyond them is a priceless moment and exactly why I became a teacher. Seeing growth in students and teachers is also a key element of great pleasure in my role and I am equally excited by exciting learning opportunities for teachers. I make time on a daily basis to engage with students, staff and parents and if this includes teaching, my day is a happier one. I still love coaching school sports teams as well and outdoor education, two more environments where, as teachers, we get to know and understand our students even better and conversely, they see us in a different light. All these things contribute to a genuine sense of both purpose and enjoyment in my job at Redlands.

The beauty of our profession and leading schools is that no two days are ever the same, a fact in itself that creates a sense of hope and anticipation each and every day.


Ari Guha, Head of Junior School, Redlands School, Sydney, New South Wales
aguha@redlands.nsw.edu.au


 

Interviewees urgently sought for 2016 series of ‘Connected Leader’


Do you love your job?
Primary school principals across Australia, from Catholic, government and independent schools, are invited to contact the Managing Editor of ‘Connected Leader’, Debra Crouch, who is currently seeking interviewees for the remainder of the 2016 series of ‘Love the Job’ (written) interviews. To express your interest in assisting with this project, please contact Debra at: debrajoycrouch@gmail.com or 0413 009988.
 

Managing Editor, APPA 'Connected Leader'

Debra J. Crouch
E: debrajoycrouch@gmail.com
Mobile: 0413 009988



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