Principal's blog

Student Autonomy

These days in education, the things we teach kids are far reaching. In addition to learning important things like basic literacy and numeracy skills, there's also a strong focus on thinking and social/emotional skills.

Covering the Basics

Mt Ousley is a school of learning, where it just happens that technology is used a lot. We are not, however, a technology school, nor do we ever wish to be recognised as such.

Sometimes I am asked if we still cover the basics, given that we tend to use iPads and laptops a fair bit. The answer is emphatically yes, of course we do!

So where is the evidence?

Mt Ousley in the News

Last week, various media outlets showed great interest in our school. The interest was largely generated by our school community's decision to implement a 1:1 iPad initiative with all Kindergarten to Year 2 students. ABC TV came and filmed for over half a day, and we also had visits from WIN TV News and the Illawarra Mercury. If you missed any of the action, click on the links below.

WIN TV News (Fri 20 Nov)

https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsIllawarra/videos/1226237967392944/

Student Engagement

Every day our school is full of happy children who show us how excited they are about learning. The corridors are full of students sitting with iPads, laptops and small whiteboards, filming themselves demonstrating their understanding of newly learnt concepts and skills, or making sense of a new learning challenge. Classrooms typically have groups of students sitting with teachers, collaborating on ideas or exploring new concepts and skills using all sorts of engaging resources.

What Makes Us Innovative?

You could look at the pioneering 1:1 laptop program, in place well before it was common, popular, or even supported. The program that ensures our school respects and mirrors realities of the modern world and puts powerful learning tools at the fingertips of its students. Tools that allow them to connect to the world and sample it, converse with it, understand it and seek to change it. But that’s not what makes us innovative.

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