A Message from the Head of Senior Years

6 May 2016

The theme of this year’s Anglican Schools' Conference was through their eyes, a theme challenging school leaders to think deeply about the lives of students and how they see the world. Helping with this task was renowned Australian demographer and social commentator, Mark McCrindle. What makes Generation Z so very different to Generations X and Y? Future forecasts indicate they will have 5 careers, 15 homes and 17 jobs in their lifetime. 1 in 2 will have university degrees and all of them will have grown up in a digitally-rich environment where electronic interactions with others is the dominant mode of communication. Older Generation Z (those around 15 - 20 years of age) are already indicating they are more interested in job flexibility than job security, devices rather than books and paper, learner-centric environments rather than those curriculum-centred, and visual “how to” instructions rather than verbal or written ones (YouTube already has more hits per day than Google!) Today’s students are more globally connected, more digitally competent, more mobile, visual and social than Generation X and Y have ever been. So, what are the new “Rs” for schools? In a nutshell, keeping learning Real, Relevant, Responsive and Relational.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

Pictured: Mrs Ashley-Cooper was thrilled to meet author John Marsden at the Anglican Schools' Conference.

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