The learning focus for recent meetings of the SALLS and the Primary Leaders network groups was the exploration of “Growing Oneself “which is one of the capabilities from “Growing deep”.
The Primary Leaders met at Our Saviour Lutheran Primary School where principal Paula Skinner shared her leadership journey and personal learning through engagement with the LESNW Labs. She emphasized the importance of blocking out regular time for personal and professional reflection and how this is built into the culture at the school. The group toured the school and heard about the way in which students, staff and the community are co-constructing learning in relation to their strategic initiatives.
The SALLS group met at Immanuel College where principal Kevin Richardson took the group on an historical and physical exploration of the College where creating optimal environments for learning is a strong focus. Martyn Anderson went on to share further information about the college’s teaching and learning approach, with other staff sharing examples of innovation with a focus on partnerships, projects and community engagement.
The Lab sessions in each of the meetings involved participants:
• Exploring the Growing Deep capabilities
• Identifying past and current barriers to Growing Oneself
• Making connections with professional readings focusing on the “Inner journey of Leadership”
• Identifying capabilities to strengthen
• Engaging in personal and collective reflection time
Both of the meetings also included professional sharing about learning community initiatives and areas of professional learning. It was inspiring to engage with both groups who are developing a culture of reflection and collaboration in order to unleash innovation and creativity in their learning communities.