Last week, I was fortunate to attend a conference facilitated by Professor Guy Claxton, an international cognitive scientist and writer of over 30 books on psychology and education.
Professor Claxton’s research and practice entitled ‘The Learning Power Approach’, centres on continual transformation of teaching and learning in schools to better engage students with a love of curiosity and problem-solving techniques.
This day was most inspiring as it cemented in my thinking that our approaches to learning at OLMC are already aligned to current ideas and best practice. Additionally, this day provided me with some new and exciting ways of continuing to grow our understanding of neuroscience in the learning process.
I am excited to work with the College Leadership Team and the entire Teaching Staff in 2023 as we continue to explore these and other research themes in our professional learning and collaborations moving forward.
The 2022 Academic Year is coming to a close and I’m sure, as parents, you are feeling the pace of life pick up as we approach the Christmas Season.
This year at OLMC has been vibrant and energetic with all events and activities returning after our two-year hiatus and many new cocurricular activities being added to the calendar to keep Mercy Girls busy, happy and productive.
Our current Year 7 students continue to develop their ability to access online resources as they completed Project Rockit – online modules addressing digital wellbeing and positive action.
Year 8 have been focusing on positive peer relationships. Messages from RUOK? Day, recognised in Term 3, still resonate with the girls and this is encouraged in their Wellbeing lessons.
Year 9 braved the weather and completed their Camp near the Colo River. They showed resilience, persistence and leadership as they participated in many activities. They also attended the yLead Peer Support training day focused on leadership and the importance of mentoring younger students. These Year 9 students will become the ‘big sisters’ of our Year 7 2023 students.