Professional Learning workshops that equip teachers to confidently teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
Location and dates:
Adelaide: 23-24 May 2019
Perth: 19-20 August 2019
Adelaide: 23-24 May 2019
Perth: 19-20 August 2019
There is tremendous energy in our learning communities at the moment! Several of our schools are engaged with the AISSA Student Agency Learning Lab, The Meta-Praxis Project, others are at or following the learning occurring at the IB regional conference in Hong Kong, and others are developing their thinking and practice around learning principles and much more! So much of what I am seeing and hearing reflects the essence of Growing deep.
LESNW staff are working with leaders and teachers, using an awareness-based systems leadership approach which provides the opportunity to suspend past patterns of thinking, see with fresh eyes, and sense from the field in order to focus on “Who am I?” and “What is my work”. This allows for a new vision and intention to emerge, the development of prototypes and to take-action in order to move from our current reality to a preferred future.
Charles Leadbeater at his Master Class at AISSA on Monday afternoon provided a very clear context and thinking around learning for the emerging future.
Learner Agency (voice, choice and ownership) has emerged as a pivotal focus for education and this is reflected in Growing deep Vocational Practices.
Leadbeater’s theoretical framework for student agency includes the following:
Ingredients: Purpose, Commitment, Reflection
Levels: Individual, Collective, Collaborative
Moral: can you do the right thing?
Creative: help bring new things into being
Economic: create value with and for others
Political: govern your community with others
Foundations and enablers
Knowledge (skills, core knowledge, concepts, interdisciplinary, systems, theories)
Personal and social capabilities
Culture of the community
What a great way to connect our learning communities in conversation and collaboration as part of our ‘work’ leading “Ongoing improvement and innovation”.
Educational Leadership Director
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1969 and is home to the world-first feral proof fence, built to protect the native animals living within The Sanctuary. Warrawong was closed in 2013 but re-opened last year under the new ownership of David and Narelle, who are now bringing the Sanctuary back to life. Rich in history and nature, The Sanctuary offers a range of experiences that are both educational and entertaining including school camps, excursions and incursions.
In parallel with the business of The Sanctuary, The Warrawong Sanctuary Foundation has also been established. The Foundation is an independent charity to fund conservation endeavours involving education, science and research, primarily within South Australia, under the management of an independent Finance Committee. The Foundation is currently funding koala rescue projects within the Adelaide region.
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary has re-opened at Mylor in the beautiful Adelaide Hills!
Founded in 1969, Warrawong is home to the world-first feral proof fence, making The Sanctuary a safe haven for a variety of native wildlife including the elusive platypus.
Warrawong offers a range of experiences to educate, entertain and inspire, for school groups at all year levels.
One-night or two-night school camps are now available at Warrawong. We can tailor an itinerary to your requirements and curriculum, packed with activities, animal interactions and immersive encounters.
Excursions to Warrawong include access to the Sanctuary for self-guided walks and an interactive wildlife presentation. Packages can be tailored to suit your interests with guided tours, hands-on science or nature-based craft also available.
We can bring the wildlife to your school for an amazing, hands-on and interactive experience with some of our native animal ambassadors.
Visit our website www.warrawongws.com.au or contact us to discuss your options or place a booking for your school group. We would love to have you visit the Sanctuary and experience all that it has to offer.
A: 47 Stock Road, Mylor
P: 8423 6030
We had a sensor activated porch light at home which never worked properly. The automatic function worked, but the light wouldn’t stay on. We checked the instructions, tried different switching sequences, even combinations that weren’t in the manual. Finally, in frustration, we had the light replaced.
The new light doesn’t work either – same problem. It turns out the trouble is with the electrical wiring at our porch. It simply isn’t connecting as it should.
The expression “They had their wires crossed” probably comes from an old telephone switchboard analogy where operators had to manually connect two parties with wires. If they put the plugs into the wrong outlets, people would think they were talking to one person but actually be talking to another. This could be awkward!
Yet for all our new technology, communicating has never been more complex or challenging than in this era of social media, flood messaging and ‘fake’ news. We’re bombarded with information, even though statistics show that the more our Inboxes are flooded, the less likely we are to respond.
What can we learn from God about communication? God’s ‘Facebook’ might have been the legends, stories and testimonies people verbally told back in Old Testament times. God’s ‘emails’ might be seen as those letters sent to early churches to share the gospel. But God’s ultimate solution to the communication problem was to package the whole message into one human being – Jesus Christ, the Word in a human body.
As we replace personal contact with floods of information, God has done the opposite. Rather than broadcasting to the masses via invisible radio waves, electronic signals and ‘the Cloud’, Jesus simply connected personally with people in a tactile way. The Word in action calls, He walks alongside, He teaches, He feeds, He touches, He heals, He shows.
From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. 1 John 1: 1-3 (The Message)
In 2019 and beyond, the methods we use to communicate will need constant adaption. But let’s never underestimate that ultimate connection of human touch and living out God’s message through relationships.