An invitation is extended to Principals & Directors to attend the annual LESNW Principals and Directors retreat on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August. Details are in the flyer and accommodation booking form below.
N4L 6 June 2018
The most recent LESNW Council meeting continued to consider a range of varied and complex issues that face our learning communities in the present as well as the future.
In the last ‘News for Leaders’ I wrote that our Council is considering the future of the Spring Head site and the possibility that this might be repurposed as a retreat centre. This work continues and our council endorsed the investigations of this. If, after due process and diligence the decision is to do this, we will bring it to members of the LESNW for consideration and approval.
The work of the governance review continues and the project team (Matt Schmidt – chair of the GSPV School Council, Corrin Townsend from Unity College, John Proeve and myself) will take the feedback we have received so far and work with Garry LeDuff to construct a draft proposal for our future governance structure. At this stage we are hopeful of having a proposal for member learning communities by the end of this calendar year. Please feed any thoughts you have to either myself – email@example.com or Matt – firstname.lastname@example.org
The sale of the Ocean Forest site has now been finalised. The ongoing (financial) management of the debt repayments will be handled by our Finance Committee, but I think it’s appropriate to express appreciation to the LESNW secretariat staff for working through this very complex issue. In the end our options were very (very) minimal and the outcome achieved, as far as our overall system health is concerned, is very much one of ‘risk minimalisation.’
At our last meeting we adopted some new policies which will be available as exemplars for our learning communities – Delegations of Authority, Procurement and Fraud Control policies. These will be available via CompliSpace and learning communities can adopt and adapt these as necessary. I commend them to you as important policies to have and implement.
At the recent LESNW AGM our Association’s financials were presented and adopted. As you will know, there was a significant deficit result. As a council we believe it is important that some clarity is provided around this. It’s important that member learning communities understand that there are levels of detail that are inappropriate to share due to the delicate and private nature of the information, but did you know that in 2017:
- The System Support Fund used for emergency assistance to schools experiencing financial hardship was unfunded by $4.6M which LESNW incurred on behalf of the system.
- LESNW provided significant unfunded strategic, legal, educational, and business related consultancy support to learning communities experiencing hardship to ensure future sustainability,
- LESNW proactively identified and financed major system-wide initiatives in Complispace, Somerset and Demographics to enhance learning community compliance and sustainability.
As a Governing council we also considered at our most recent meeting a range of other new and ongoing matters. It was resolved that at this present time it is important for the Chair of the Finance Committee to attend LESNW council in a consultant (exofficio) status. We are examining our System Support fund moving forward, LLL overdraft application processes and range of other System Support initiatives.
Again, the LESNW council acknowledges the complexities that member learning communities live and work in, and we encourage you to continue to be system minded, because our individual strength is realised as a collective.
LESNW Council Chair
PYP Leaders in Lutheran primary schools joined together on Monday at Concordia College for the second time in 2018. The PYP framework has been going through an intensive review process. The review has resulted in some adjustments to the framework. The enhanced PYP will be launched in October 2018.
Lutheran PYP schools have been exploring what these changes will mean for each of them and how schools might prepare for the future.
Leaders spent time discussing and working through ‘agency’ which is at the center of the enhanced PYP. Concordia shared how agency was used throughout school improvement initiatives. By giving stakeholders agency – voice, choice and ownership, long term, sustainable change was made possible.
There was discussion about the links with agency and Growing Deep. The more we explore Growing Deep the richer the framework becomes. We would encourage you to all take the time to use and see Growing Deep as a key document when reflecting on your school’s key initiatives and explore ways of using the framework as a catalyst for school improvement.
Members of LESNW Education Team recently attended the Learning Environments Australasia Conference with the theme, the 3Rs in the Exponential Age: Reflection, Relevance & Revolution
Are we ready? Are you ready? Are our learning communities ready for an educational revolution?
Seeking to acknowledge the past. Learning from those who have gone before, changing the things that were not successful, embracing and enhancing the productive, effective ideas.
What do current learners need now and into their future, to prepare them for a world that requires a new set of skills, such as innovative thinking, collaboration and creativity.
What do we need to challenge today, so that we are ready for tomorrow? Revolutionaries can see a future that others can’t even imagine.
Some provocations for us all….
- How are you helping to develop community? What does this mean?
- How are students valued in your community?
- Are students empowered?
- How do we empower students?
- Do students have a say in their learning?
- Are students included in decisions about their school?
- Could students sit on a staff selection panel?
Dr Jordan Nguyen shows us a snapshot of our future. I would encourage you to take the time to watch at least the start of this two part series that was aired on Catalyst, Becoming Superhuman Part 1. Note this is technology that is already two years old.
An education revolution is needed, it is here. Are you ready for the revolution? The Australian government is. They are asking for the revolution. Have you read the Gonski 2.0 report?
What does an education revolution look like? Why is now the time? What can you do as a leader to embrace the revolution?
Peter Hutton asks us to consider these EdRevolutionary Principles
- Deep integration with community
- Success for ALL
- High quality adults
- Co-constructed learning
- Student empowerment
The LESNW Ed Team are excited and eager to work with schools to bring an education revolution to reality in our Lutheran Schools. We hope this challenge excites you also. Please make contact with a member of the LESNW Ed Team if you would like to explore further ways of bringing about the revolution!
Under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 all schools are required to ensure that specific information is made publicly available annually, within 6 months of the completion of the program year.
Please submit your annual report to email@example.com before 30 June if you haven’t already done so, and place it on your school website.
Contact Heather if you have any questions.
Please note the upcoming spiritual retreats at Sevenhill.
Saturday 23 June
Mt Barker High School
Please see attachment for details.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross Curriculum Priorities.
Reconciliation Week highlighted the importance of ‘truth telling’. So often our teachers are not aware of the ‘truth’ nor feel confident in addressing this important area of history.
Engagement with the Australians Together workshop will provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to build their knowledge and to access important resources, and truth stories which will support them with the implementation of ACARA and AITSL requirements.
DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
Cultural Awareness Workshop
What have other teachers said about Australians Together Workshops?
Action: Register free now for the Australian Together/LESNW Workshop.
Who: leaders, teachers, from EYC-Yr12
When: Wednesday 27th June, 9-4 pm.
Where: 137 Archer Street, North Adelaide
What to bring: A unit to plan or review. Bring a colleague or two!
Registration: No Cost. Follow this link to register
Australians Together is a not-for-profit organisation that believes better outcomes for Indigenous Australians begin with a change in our perspective. By listening to the voices of Indigenous Australians, we help non-indigenous people learn the true story of our shared history, understand how it continues to have an impact today and imagine new ways to live together more respectfully.
Last week leaders from our learning communities came together to engage in professional collaboration using theory U tools to access the wisdom and experience of peers and to help respond to a leadership challenge in a different and more innovative way.
The focus of the session was about seeing a situation with fresh eyes and to listen in generative ways. Debrief comments included: “I have not experienced this level of listening to me before”, “we have developed such a deep level of trust now”, “focusing on gestures and images was really powerful’, “the two hours went so fast”.
The leaders also worked together to clarify their personal and professional goals using Growing Deep and AITSL principal standards.
Closing 16 July 2018
Modules 4, 5, 8 and 9 are available in an online format using Wikispaces. It has been really encouraging to see significant engagement with the online Equip modules over recent weeks. Thank you for supporting your CS teachers to work towards completing Equip in 2018.
However, due to circumstances out of our control, these modules must be completed by 16 JULY 2018. To participate in the online modules, please email Phyllis for the Wikispaces invite to any of the online modules: firstname.lastname@example.org