I am writing this article whilst attending the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Conference (ICPA) in Charters Towers. As always, the conference is a reminder to all the educators present of the daily challenges experienced by those living in remote areas.
I am so inspired by the resilience of the families who live on properties as well as in the towns supporting these communities and when hearing about mums who get up at or before sunrise to cook breakfast, clean the house, do farm duties, teach their children in the farmhouse schoolroom, drive hundreds of kilometres to the closest shop and the list goes on. These day to day duties coupled with intermittent internet reception and phone coverage have to take their toll. I take my hat off to you strong, resilient women. Thank you for everything that you do, not only as the fine mothers that you are but for the difference that you make in the community every day. You are truly inspirational role models. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Michelle Freshwater for the contribution she makes to the rural and regional communities through her tireless work as a State Councillor and Head of Schools Portfolio for the Queensland branch of the ICPA.
Last week Ms Tonia Gloudemans presented to over 200 senior staff from independent schools at the Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Forum. The aim of the Forum was to provide senior leaders with opportunities to discuss issues to do with the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. Ms Gloudemans’ presentation highlighted the transition of students at Glennie into the new system and explained how we implemented the new curriculum in Term 4 of Year 10.
Her talk was met with great interest. There were myriad questions from the floor about our three-year senior curriculum model, as well as our transdisciplinary subject, Life the Universe and Everything. It is clear that a number of schools are now rethinking their decision to compress Year 11 into three terms and a few schools are planning on sending staff to Glennie to see our work in action.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Gloudemans and her team of dedicated teachers on the tremendous amount of work that they are putting into ensuring that our implementation is a success. Part of this process requires that we hear feedback from staff, students and parents and make adaptations along the way as required, to ensure that Glennie girls succeed in the new system.
Please read Ms Gloudemans article about the ISQ Forum.
Mrs Kim Cohen