Our first alumni event in Singapore last Friday was an enjoyable evening and it was great to listen to our alumni recall their memories of their time at Alice Smith with warmth and affection.
Attending the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Conference in Melbourne this week has reinforced for me the positive direction in which we are heading at Alice Smith. The conference theme - “Leadership with Insight and Innovation - Setting the Learning Agenda” attracted world renowned leaders in education, including Daniel Goleman, Professor John Hattie and Ben Walden. I feel strongly that the breadth and quality of learning opportunities available to our children and the care and attention given to their personal, social, academic, and physical development is fundamental to ensuring that our students can achieve to the best of their ability. We are fortunate to have caring, dedicated teachers committed to guiding, challenging and supporting our students and helping them to grow and learn.
It is reassuring to know that the developments we are continually undertaking to improve the learning environment for our children will help prepare them with the skills, attitudes and strength of character for an uncertain, challenging future. A constant theme of the ACEL conference, which attracted delegates nationally and from around the world, was the importance of personalising the learning experiences for children. Essential to this is providing a learning environment that focuses and energises learning and supports their social and emotional development with the same intent and sense of purpose as their academic achievement.
In “Five Minds for the Future”, Howard Gardner refers to creativity, synthesis, respect, cosmopolitanism and ethics as essential ways of thinking. We hear about the 21st century skills that our young people will need to be successful in their future lives. These include the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with others, to be digitally literate, creative and critical in their thinking, to be culturally and globally aware and have the social and emotional intelligence to empathise with and relate well to others. We should be confident that the efforts we are making and the work being undertaken in our school in so many areas underpins and supports this futures thinking through our vision to “lead the pursuit of excellence in learning through nurturing, inspiring and enriching the lives and characters of young people”.
The month of November sees the culmination of our anniversary activities. Remember to purchase your tickets for our Platinum Gala Ball at the Majestic Hotel on 11 November 2016. The Ball will follow an Alumni Get-together at the British High Commission Residence of Her Excellency on 10 November 2016, with a Nostalgic Walk happening that morning at the school. Please click here for more information and to book your place at the Platinum Gala Ball and other upcoming events. If you need more details about this or other anniversary events, please contact email@example.com.
I look forward to being back in school next Tuesday.
Have a safe long weekend.
Head of School
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