A New Curriculum?
Over the past month, I have been avidly reading and digesting much information following the release of Gonski 2.0 'Through Growth to Achievement'. I also had the privilege of hearing the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian speak to Heads of School and Chairs of Governing Bodies on the NSW Government's plans to review the NSW Curriculum.
This certainly poses lots of questions for schools and educators alike. What does the new curriculum look like? What will be the focus? What will be added and if something is added, what will be taken away? The most important part of any review into education, is that those who are trained educators have the opportunity of being involved in the decisions that are to be made. The challenge with schools, is that everyone has been to school and therefore has a strong opinion on what works, what doesn't and what they'd like for their own children.
As part of my membership of AHISA, I now sit on the AHISA Academic Committee. Already, this has proven to be an invaluable forum for understanding and input into such important decisions. Being able to ask specific questions and add to the debate, has been an excellent part of my role as Head of St Peter's.
Notwithstanding any review, the focus on curriculum and on learning is something that St Peter's has always maintained.
We have a rigorous curriculum that is reflected upon and adjusted to meet the specific needs of our students. Our intentional decision to implement the PYP, has seen great benefit with the clear transdisciplinary approach to our Units of Inquiry, meaning we are meeting the NSW Governments mandated outcomes in a measured and systematic manner, that promotes inquiry and student input.
I'm not concerned about a review of our curriculum and look forward to the ongoing discussions and questions that will be raised. Thanks for continuing to trust your children to us, as we seek the very best education for them, here at St Peter's.