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Dr Phillip Moulds
Think for a moment about the best teacher you have ever had. Say his or her name
to yourself so you can have a clear picture of him or her in your head. Now, think,
what made that person your best teacher? Try and capture that reason in one word.
There is a large body of research about characteristics of great teachers.
Overwhelmingly one word keeps coming up time and again: care. Was that the
word you came up with?
Pause for a moment to think about both how simple and important this is: Your
favourite teacher cared.
The best teachers are people with special talents. They know each and every
student in their classrooms. They learn to know what makes each student ‘tick’.
Then use that knowledge for the benefit of the
student’s learning process. Importantly, they build
relationships in the classroom with the students,
their parents and other staff.
Additionally, the best teachers build self-
awareness, resilience, self-belief and hope in their
students – some of the greatest lifelong tools RGS
students will have when they leave this School.
Students, too, have a fundamental role in how
their classrooms feel, and the way in which teachers interact with them. Students
arriving to class eager to take part in the lesson, having completed homework and
prepared to be engaged provide the right environment for teachers to be the best
teachers they can be. When students do that they are giving teachers the time they
need to interact individually with each boy and girl, to care for them and use what
they know about each child in the teaching and learning process.
As a school and as a society we need to celebrate our great teachers; they
fundamentally impact on our students’ learning and performance. One of the
leading factors in predicting student performance is teacher engagement. In other
words, how much teachers care, how passionate they are about their subject and
how well they know their classes are each fundamentally important in ensuring that
every student, has every opportunity, every day to succeed at RGS.
Here, we are celebrating great teaching and caring for our teachers by providing
an opportunity to each and every one of them to undertake a Masters degree
through Griffith University (page 12). It ’s a unique programme; there’s nothing else
like it in Australia. It will enable teachers to be the best they can be, and that means
our students will benefit even more.
Great teachers are willing to put in the necessary time, they love the kids they are
teaching, they have a wonderful classroom atmosphere, they have good relationships
with their students, they are responsive to an ever-changing profession, they have
in- depth content knowledge, they have a capacity to grow, they are interesting and
interested, and on top of all that, they can make it seem effortless.
I assure you it is not.
Now, I ’m going to see if I can track down my favourite teacher.
All the best this Easter. It ’s been a wonderful Term.
4 Briefly speaking
Opportunities for School leavers
leads the news, plus a 2015 Changes Update
and other information to keep you up-to-date
60 SECONDS WITH
6 Duo shares lessons
Kathy Miller and Lorna Graham
on 20 years at RGS
6 Learning about leadership
Meg Dunne, and other Year 12 leaders,
focus on mental health issues
8 Boarder calls
RGS welcomes new boarders, some who
went way out of their way to get here
PEDAGOGY: DIMENSIONS OF LEARNING
9 Empowering children
Guiding eight and nine year olds through
critical reasoning processes
COVER STORY: CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP
10 From School to Career
Parents and teens need to work hand-in-
hand on pathways and career exploration
12 Master teachers
A Masters degree partnership with Griffith
places RGS in the national spotlight
13 Vail Phil Kennedy
RGS remembers the behind-the-stages
staff member who helped others
PAST STUDENT PROFILE
14 Dr Hilary Mercer
The well known and respected Central
Queensland paediatrician jokes that he hasn’t
really come that far in his 51 years since RGS
16 RGS Sport Highlights
Rowers go national!
18 RGS Photo Album
Correction: In the last edition CQ failed to list a
number of Foundations Prefects in the list of leaders
on page 5: Meghan Dunne, Sidony Miller-Waugh,
Hannah Tansey, Daniel Tyson and Cobyn Weston.
A complete list of 2013 Senior Officers can be viewed
Volume 29, No 1, March 2013
The Rockhampton Grammar School takes seriously the challenge of preparing students for today’s world. We treat each
student as a whole person through a balance of academic, sporting, co -curricular and social activities. Our School motto is
Macte Virtute et Litteris or Grow in Character and Scholarship.
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Every opportunity. Every student. Every day.
Think about both
how simple and
important this is:
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