The wisdom of youth... I always feel great pride during school assemblies. Last week we enjoyed a Founders’ Day assembly in which we honoured the late Dr Harry Hoffman AM obm and heard from his daughter Sue, about his life and the huge difference he made. We also recognised students’ efforts and contributions in our Colours and Honours assembly, which highlighted the opportuni ...

I lost sleep earlier this week after reading an article by some educationalists I have long admired, whose article entitled “The Future of AI in Education: 13 things we can do to minimize the damage” caused me great concern. I have previously confessed to a lack of any great interest in information technology. However, Chat GPT has been a revelation to me and I have thoroughly ...

Balanced Debate I was very impressed with the students’ presentations in this week’s High School assembly. Year 10 students prepared talks to illustrate both sides of the debate around the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum that has caused so much discussion in recent months. It was a great opportunity for me to talk to the students about the responsibility they will e ...

Opportunities This week was proof again that anyone who fears a small school has fewer opportunities for its students need not worry. The Parents and Friends Quiz Night on Sunday was a triumph – twenty tables of fiercely competitive community members vying for a prestigious first place, plus a successful raffle and silent auction to help raise funds for Menora Foundation. The ...

The importance of sleep One thing that is often commented on by staff and students alike is that they sleep better during the holidays. I suppose this isn’t entirely unexpected, but a lack of sleep has significant effects on performance and I know that sleep can be elusive for some. As we embark on Term 3 and focus on supporting our students to learn as effectively as they can ...

The first week back at school is always a shock, having to get up early in the morning and put on school clothes, but it has been lovely to see everybody back on campus – a school is a very different and less vibrant place when there are no students around. The term has started with a bang and there have been multiple reasons for me to be a proud Principal. We started with a H ...

Term 2 at AVѧԺ has been fabulous. This week’s final High School assembly emphasised how busy we have been when speakers listed the opportunities and events we have enjoyed together. Highlights of the term include the amazing talents on show at Sunday night’s music soiree, when performers from the Year 6 scholarship band, a number of High School bands, OKC’s and a surpr ...

I enjoyed Christopher Hudson’s LinkedIn post this week, which provided a commentary on an episode of Bluey which he said “highlights the quirky, and often hilarious, rules and practices of backyard cricket, but also the dispositions to learning that Rusty gains through participation in sport”. Although my children are far too old to watch Bluey with or without their mother, I w ...

Reading in the Financial Review this week that 38,618 cases of CoVID have been reported in Australia in the past seven days made me stop and reflect on how different my thinking about the pandemic is from this time last year. The main difference is that CoVID occupies significantly far less headspace than it used to - I’ve kept my immunisations up to date and consoled a few fri ...

Hope and Optimism Although it may be hard to believe that we’re already half way through Term 2, I find the mid-point in the term a good time to reflect on what I’ve learnt and what is important. Senior students are working hard preparing for and sitting their Semester 1 exams and their teachers are supporting them in their learning endeavours. A professional learning day at ...