As we resume more of the "new normal" learning, you may be interested in a project which commenced this year.
Teaching and learning happens within cultural, political, and social circumstances. Teachers are required to present a balanced view on a huge range of matters but at Randwick there has also been a long practice of teaching children about moral purpose. Teacher, Daniel Pozarik has developed a specific Social Ventures Project with students and recently shared the project's progress on a UNSW Webinar with two of the students who are involved. Daniel initially approached the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) UNSW to co-design an innovative program for the school - a social impact leadership program. The idea was to foster a new kind of leadership through teaching children how to implement positive change in their local community. The school invited students to submit applications to join the program, and were met with incredible ideas for how to change our world for the better. CSI’s Dr Ali Walker led the team to design a five-module interactive program that was piloted at the school in Term 1, 2020.
The impact2020 webinar focused on social impact leadership; what it means, and how Randwick Public School’s students have responded to the pilot, and will shortly be available through the University's website.
Our students have learnt from a number of social impact projects over the years through our Student Representative Council (SRC) including the Little Care packs and the Sydney Children's Hospital Artscape project.
With so many " new normal" happenings this year- drought, bushfires, COVID 19 and now racial unrest, it's important for parents also to engage in balanced discussions with their children, particularly older ones about how they can positively impact their society and encourage hope through personal action.
The P&C has also discussed the social impact that the economic downturn has had on families. Please let the school know if you are experiencing difficulties to coordinate what support is available.
COVID 19 updates
- Students can resume non-contact school sport;
- External grounds (Alison Park) can be used;
- All adults must maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m) including teachers and support staff, and parents;
- School pick up and drop off arrangements must ensure parents physically distance from one another and from staff; This also means NO access across the school site to OOSH;
- No volunteers in schools; and
- NSW Public Schools remain COVID free.
Modified Reports will be online from Friday 19th June. These are designed to be read in conjunction with a phone conversation with your child's teacher about their overall progress on learning from home and at school. These conversations will also allow discussion about how to best progress learning during Semester 2.
Have a lovely long weekend with lots of spaced outdoor activity and we will look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday for the final 4 weeks of Term 2. Hopefully the "new normal" will be more like "old normal" by Term 3.
To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” ~Nicolette Sowder Poet