Tag : student welfare

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

If you’ve read my articles, or heard me speak you would know that I often make the assertion that,  as a collective body of adults, the school and not the parents are the significant adults in the life of the 21st Century child. Till now this belief was  based only on anecdotal observations and common sense. However, as part of my own schools professional development program, the staff were addressed by Dr Ian Lillico from the Boys Forward Institute. He spoke of […]

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Study Tour | Week 5 Wrap

So five weeks come to an end. It’s been a remarkable time in the UK, USA and Canada. Just this week I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tayyab Rashid in Toronto, and he is doing some very cool stuff with Signature Strengths in education. He works in a wide range of schools from the affluent to the less well off and looks to engage teachers, students and parents in the work. He is also looking to develop more resources that […]

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Study Tour | Week 4 Wrap

Start spreading the news… I’m leaving today… I wanna be a part of it… New York… the city that never sleeps! Well I can assure you I slept! I had to be out of my Hotel in New Orleans at 4am to make my flight… before now I only aware of one 4 o’clock in the day! I was is New York to visit two schools. The  Riverdale Country School and the KIPP College Preparatory School. I would also be travelling to meet […]

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“We are the people, Sir”

As I battled with my N’Awlins BBQ shrimp, I’d been chatting to Bobby a 23-year-old former high-school footballer who worked behind the bar. We’d been talking about American sport and the college football and basketball systems when I asked what, with the benefit of hindsight, was a pretty clumsy question; “So, what happened to all the people who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina?” He fixed me with a stare and said, “We are the people, Sir.” Bobby went on to […]

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Study Tour | Week 3 Wrap

“Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book?” “I beg your pardon?” I replied. Again came the question… “Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book? We’re taking it on a forty city tour of the States in March next year…” Dr John Yeager and I had been discussing the work that Ray Francis and I have been doing at Emanuel School and he wondered if we’d allow […]

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Study Tour | Week 2 Wrap

Antartic-like weather conditions, London traffic and a GPS navigation unit that appeared to have scant regard for road rules did little to detract from what has been a truly inspirational week for me. It proved to be a week of contrasts in terms of facilities, approaches and demographics, but the common theme that everyone I met with had at the centre of their educational philosophy was student wellbeing. Wellington College Wellington College is one of the top public schools in England. […]

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Can we at least talk about it?

Well I certainly got what I asked for… and it has been a hectic few days! The last line of my Sydney Morning Herald article asked “Can we at least talk about it?” in reference to youth depression and suicide. The overwhelming majority of the feedback both at SMH and at Online Opinion was very positive towards my article. There was one letter to the editor in the SMH from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg who dismissed my article as “(a) hysterical […]

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Did you get the Sydney Morning Herald today?

I’ve always been a fan of the Sydney Morning Herald and Radio 2UE; and today is no exception! On page 11 of today’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, you will find an article I have written entitled “It’s time to confront the deadliest demon of them all” (the SMH’s headline, not mine.) In it I discuss the role of teachers in enhancing the wellbeing of students. I also discuss the need for the national curriculum to allow teachers to do this, by recognising […]

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Product Recall Announcement: Faulty Students

In a move likely to cause concern, several schools have issued a Product Recall for the students produced in the last 5-10 years. According to the schools, the students are missing key aspects of their educational development. A series of Sydney Morning Herald articles sparked the recall with rates of HSC students reporting psychological and psychiatric issues rising 30% between 2005 and 2009 and Universities decrying the lack of resilience in modern day undergraduates. * *Not strictly true. No school […]

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Anika Foundation Study Tour Update

I thought I’d drop a few lines just to update how my Anika Foundation Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour is shaping up… I’ve been busy as in the last few weeks, budgeting, booking flights, hotels and making appointments, but I can tell already all the hard work is going to be worth it! I’ll be leaving mid-November and below are just some of the people I will be meeting and/or working with… it promises to be a fantastic few weeks! […]

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