Liam King, Principal
One of the challenges in schools is to foster a culture of learning not only for our students but also for our staff and parents. There has been a lot written about the characteristics of learning organisations. In particular, I have enjoyed the research of Louise Stoll, who has identified the characteristics as:
As I reflect on life at AISM, even through the current circumstances, I see evidence each week of these characteristics in action. Our staff, students and parents work together to ensure we are continuing to improve and evolve our programs, our school and importantly the learning opportunities for our students. We have a very passionate and committed community who are bonded by one key goal - to see our students/children achieve their full potential.
It is not hard to find examples of this happening across the school on a daily basis. Last week, in the Junior School we saw our Learning Adventure Program and we saw opportunities for our Middle and Senior School students to demonstrate their amazing STEM week activities and websites. Our staff engage each week in regular professional learning sessions, this week the focus was on Mindfulness, exploring the concept of empathy. Then, finally, we had groups of students, staff and parents meeting with candidates this week to select the new Principal/Head of Middle & Senior School for 2022.
In all of these examples, the common theme has been ‘ancora imparo’, which translates as ‘still, I am learning’ in Italian. Michelangelo is credited with saying this when he was 87 years old. So, as we continue to navigate and plan our way through these interesting times, together we will continue to grow, learn and strive for a better future for everyone.
Parents and students will have the opportunity to provide feedback next week, through our annual survey and we hope to use this feedback to continue to grow and improve AISM.
Have a great weekend!
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