Planning for Personal Growth

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Image By Jill Wellington “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson Describing success is harder as we get older. Milestones are set for childhood development, reading levels and benchmarks identify personal growth and success. Teachers write reports measured against outcomes.…

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Star Wars Day/World Labyrinth Day (May 4)

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Image by Ksenia Chernaya “Life is a kind of labyrinth, with all its twists and turns, its straight path, and its occasional dead ends.”  Jim Henson World Labyrinth Day is celebrated in walks and adventures on May 4. The Australian Labyrinth Network (ALN) was established in early 2018. The ALN stated purpose: “Is to meet…

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The Work of Teachers and School Leaders

Photo by Arthur Krijgsman “You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.”  J.D. Salinger I am continually amazed by the work of teachers. I would be stumped if I was asked what makes the best school, the best teacher or school leader. Schools are busy places and the…

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Earth Day April 22 ‘PLANET VS. PLASTICS’

Photo – Rui Stenio “If every day was Earth Day, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.”  Neil deGrasse Tyson The lyrics of ‘Solidarity Forever’ have captured the minds and hearts of Union movements around the world. The sound of massed voices singing this sound is a reminder of the power of collective action.…

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What are you doing to support Gender Equity?

Photo – Ksenia Chernaya “True confidence is infectious.”  Ann Friedman The SHINE theory is used, not in the pure scientific sense to describe the importance of women supporting women. Simply put, when other women do well, it positively affects (women), to strive for more in personal and professional life. The occurrence of women being placed…

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International Womens’ Day (March 8)

Photo By Priscilla Du Preez “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”  Melinda Gates There is no shortage of strong women in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the women in your life. International Women’s Day was founded…

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Celebrating Harmony Week

Photo By – Hannah Busing “Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal”  Conner Franta ‘Everyone Belongs” is the theme for Harmony Week and this was first celebrated in Australia in 1999.The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is celebrated on 21…

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Are all schools the same?

Photo By – Ksenia Chernaya “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  Benjamin Franklin The National Curriculum is the result of political and social divisions, culture, and religion. Each State and Territory have refined the Curriculum to best suit their jurisdiction. The structure, size and composition of…

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2024 Doesn’t have to be a personal ‘Ground Hog’ day

Photo By – Stas Ostrikov “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it.”  Michelangelo In the time before ATSIL standards and accreditation, first year out teachers were observed and assessed throughout the year. Successful teachers were…

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School, already …

Photo By – Ron Lach “Rest when you are weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then go back to work.” Ralph Marston The summer holidays are streaking through January. The days are moving through the stars of Capricorn and Aquarius. Where did the holidays go? Did you find time to…

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