Gippsland Grammar news: Nov 20, 2020
As many of our students finish off their assessment for the semester and prepare for Rollover, I wanted to reflect on an article by Kevin Eikenberry. Mr Eikenberry is an American organisational expert who has written much about reflection. He discusses how many of us use a mirror daily to check on how we appear on the outside but sometimes struggle to reflect on our own minds and behaviours.
Educators talk much about encouraging students to reach their goals and, importantly, to unleash their potential. It really is important for our learning community to embrace the idea of being continuous learners. As part of being an effective continuous learner, students need to learn how to harness the power of reflection.
According to Mr Eikenberry, many of our deep beliefs and ideas about learning come from our school experiences. With full academic programs and busy assessment schedules, time for reflection can often be forgotten in the day-to-day business of schooling. Due to the nature of contemporary education, students rarely have the opportunity to look back to review their experiences in order to help improve performance or learn more in the future. In many cases we test what was learned, with the grade being the outcome, and then move on to the next topic. As a result, this is how many people make their way through their lives. They undertake a project, get a result, and move onto the next task or event, without looking back to see what they learned.
Reflection is most valuable when thinking and answering some questions such as:
• What happened (both the process and the end results)?
• How did I feel about it?
• Why did it happen that way (what contributed to the results)?
• How does this remind me of other situations?
• What will I now do differently in the future?
The most important question I would like our students to ask themselves before they commence Rollover is: ‘Knowing what I now know, what will I do differently?
I also wanted to share my thanks for the incredible response we have received for Grammar’s ‘Gippsland Dozen’. We have been overwhelmed with support for this fundraiser, which will help our Foundation contribute funds to our new Visual Arts & Technology Centre at Garnsey. I would also like to reiterate how grateful we are for the four local wineries which have partnered with us to create the ‘Gippsland Dozen’ in a year when they have faced many challenges themselves. The connections between these businesses and our School are strong with many of those who are growing the grapes and tending the vines at Lightfoot & Sons, Tambo Wine (pictured above), Glenmaggie Wines and Blue Gables being Old Scholars, current families, former teachers and former Board members. If you haven’t yet ordered a ‘Gippsland Dozen’ (or half-dozen) for yourself, we are still accepting orders until midnight Sunday (November 22).
Read more about the fundraiser here: https://news.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/community-news/four-gippsland-wineries-join-forces-to-support-gippsland-grammar/
And order your own ‘Gippsland Dozen’ here: https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/grammars-gippsland-dozen
Finally, this year we have introduced a Staff Q&A as a way to familiarise some of our wonderful staff with our wider Community. Today’s Q&A profiles Garnsey’s Digital Technology and Mathematics teacher Edward Wilson, who has been with us since 2018 and has recently been announced as the House co-ordinator for Wellington Binks next year. Read more about Mr Wilson here: https://news.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/community-news/meet-our-staff-teacher-edward-wilson/
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