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From the Head of Middle School (Issue 11 2017)

Written on the 3 August 2017

Welcome to the new term. I trust you managed to spend some quality time with your son over the break. I was fortunate enough to escape the Adelaide winter for a week or so, which was lovely.

Last week our staff were fortunate to engage with some of the best, contemporary professional development I have been a part of for a very long time. Two highlights were around Positive Education and Visible Learning, the latter I have written often about - the two dovetail perfectly and when we can adopt key principles and practices from both effectively, we will be improving the holistic education outcomes for all of our students.

The wellbeing of the students in our care, and indeed, the wellbeing of ourselves as individuals, is paramount. In order for students and colleagues to learn we must be in the right mental space to do so. Once we have achieved this, science tells us that we are more likely to be more successful in what we choose to engage in. This will always be the initial challenge for educators. Both Positive Education and Visible Learning will be at the forefront of the blueprint for the Champagnat Campus. I would like to thank the staff for their high level of engagement across an amazing week.

It promises to be another busy and productive term. At our whole school liturgy on Friday we were reminded of our need to be truly present with our students and our primary role as Marists "to make Jesus Christ known and loved." Addressing young people, Pope John Paul II stated, "The church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your youthful ideas in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming peoples' hearts and the structure of society in order to create a civilisation of true justice and love." We need to inspire and find new ways for our students to help achieve this as they are the future of our church.

Have a great week!

Tim Mullin
Head of Middle School



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