From the Head of Junior School
How schools best use technology in education when technology itself is rapidly evolving, is a quandary that all educationalists face. There are a lot of articles in today’s media about how schools must prepare children for the industrial and technological trends. Our College has also received funding for our own STEM research project, working in collaboration with UniSA and CESA in continuing to develop innovative approaches to our teaching and learning.
Education in our digital age means that children are more connected and able to draw on a wider range of information and resources than previously available. Education has shifted considerably from what was essentially the acquisition of content. We now only need to look as far as the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities to see that learning attributes and skills are seen as significant as knowledge and content.
I have said previously that we do not want children to be map readers of a future yet unmapped. We want them to be map makers. Not to predict the future, but to create it. In order to do this, our College must intentionally evolve to prepare children to operate not just personally but professionally in a society increasingly dominated by technical innovation. On account of these reasons, and the increasing demands set by the Australian Digital Curriculum, the College continues to prepare for the exciting implementation of iPads across Years 3 to 5 as of next year.
The irony of this lies that in our increasingly digital world, not only do we need to embrace the digital curriculum, but there is a greater predominance for us to prepare our students to be uniquely human. In light of this, there has been an increasing focus in our pedagogy to explicitly build those learning assets or skills and dispositions for lifelong learning including curiosity, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, empathy, and communication. Jesuit education has always advocated the holistic formation of each child, focusing on this broader sense of human flourishing.
The Magis is one of those key concepts in Ignatian spirituality that inform this educational practice. It refers to the constant growth we foster in our young men and women to live more richly, by listening deeply to their own sense of self, to others, and to God, enabling them to make sense of the ever-changing world in which we live, both now and into the future.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School