|Friday, 3rd July||End of Term 2|
|Monday, 20th July||Term 3 Begins|
Over this term parents have of course been involved in a totally unique experience during Covid. Parents have experienced student learning in a way they never have before. They have new insights into what their children can achieve in learning. Most of the time the children have amazed them, when given the opportunity, at how talented and committed they are as learners. That is a huge part of what we do at MIPS - develop the children as 'learners' and not just students who complete a series of tasks.
Over two thirds of our parents have already completed their report input into what they have learned about their children's learning. I expect more will further contribute. This is amazing considering how quickly and responsively the parents have supported this unique initiative!
The NSW Curriculum recently underwent a significant and timely review. The main thrust of the review recommended that the curriculum allow for the students to go much deeper in their learning rather than superficially covering a series of facts and content. Parents may have previously thought that the important thing in learning is the memorisation of facts eg tables. Now I imagine they have a new-found appreciation for the 'big ticket' items in learning such as those about which we invited them to provide feedback to their children. Those items are the learning behaviours of successful learners such as their ability to seek and use feedback effectively.
MIPS has been on about the behaviours of successful learners for some time now and people who visit our school recognise that in the daily engagement of our students.
I invite you to access information on the new curriculum, encouraged by the fact that MIPS is well placed to work with this new curriculum.
Mr Stephen Dowd