This past week I have been in WA, attending the Association of Heads of Independent Schools (AHISA) conference. As I have listened to keynote addresses one after the other, I have heard thought leaders from Australia and across the globe repeating a key theme:
Our children can grasp a hopeful future AND shape their place in the future.
Speaker after speaker emphasized the need for students to focus on the development of their ‘personal skills’ – “package your skill set and present yourself”
This is something Calvary promotes for our students through our focus on each student’s personal skills development. We have been saying for a while now that while mastery of curriculum content matters, development of essential skills matters more.
What are these “essential” skills? These skills are often referred to as ‘soft’ skills. I prefer to consider them ESSENTIAL as we cannot unleash our potential unless we have well-developed skills in the following areas:
How do I fit in (to a community and help shape a culture)? This goes to the core of our sense of belonging – a significant focus of our Vibrant Community strategic objective.
How do I present myself (or my case) with articulate expression and confidence?
At Calvary, students have many opportunities to develop the complex skill set foundational to communication, collaboration and cognitive versatility. Towards the end of last term, I was impressed by the articulate confident presentations of many of our Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4 students) during their learning EXPO. Their responses to my probing questions quickly convinced me of the depth of their understanding of the learning process, of their personal strengths and growth points, and above all their pride in personal achievement and progress.
Let’s keep working together to instil confidence in our children founded on their constantly growing personal capacities. Please join me next Monday night 14 October at 6pm on our Carbrook campus to chat further about what this means for our College community.
Principal and CEO