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Dr Phillip Moulds
I’m going to state the obvious: Education is important. Now something no less obvious, but
(until now) less frequently articulated: Education about education is extraordinarily important.
Education about education is the theme du jour among educators, analysts, observers
and policy-makers. Reforming education about education is what the debate is focused on.
In that context, and for the moment, we are able put aside the other hot buttons
and circular conversations (amongst educators, regulators, funding sources and peak
bodies) around standardised tests, literacy and numeracy, benchmarks, accreditation,
competition bet ween schools, market forces and of course, funding, funding, funding.
Instead let us talk about what parents, children and teachers talk about often: the individual
teacher in the classroom. How he or she manages the unknown and what that person
does every day to challenge, stimulate, motivate and share with his or her children.
In other words: teacher quality, teacher-student engagement, their
resulting relationship, student well-being and performance.
It is those factors around quality teaching that
the world’s top-performing education systems
position as their platform for success.
Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education
recently released a report suggesting that one of
the most powerful pathways to teacher excellence
is postgraduate clinical teacher education.
Their findings and that of other researchers
pleasingly support the steps we have taken over the last two years at RGS
to deliver a novel whole-of-school teacher development programme:
• The first-in-the-nation custom partnership with a university (Griffith)
that enables every teacher to acquire a Masters qualification
• The appointment of RGS as A Centre of Excellence in Pre-Service Teaching,
a programme supported by Independent Schools Queensland that prepares
experienced teachers to mentor in-service and early career teachers
• Full scholarships provided to recent RGS school graduates who pursue
an education degree (there are currently two beneficiaries)
• A robust teacher pre-service programme, run in partnership
with universities including UNE, JCU and CQUniversity
• A work-experience programme for RGS Seconday School
students considering a career in education
These programmes – which rely and build on teacher expertise and experience
– c ontribute to an environment here that fosters constant improvement, teacher
excellence, increased opportunity, high achievement and research participation.
They enliven teaching as you’ll discover in this edition of Capricornus Q u a r terly.
Importantly, too, they demonstrate to the community The Rockhampton
Grammar School’s high regard for the teaching tradition and profession.
I’m pleased to announce another important step in improving teaching and
learning. The School will enter into a partnership with Australia’s Grattan Institute
to develop a case study on the implementation of teacher mentoring, professional
collaboration and other teacher education programmes. We will be among a handful
of schools across the nation participating in this research which we hope will help
provide a roadmap for Australian school leaders and policy makers to consider
when they make their own decisions about improving learning and teaching.
4 Briefly speaking
NAPLAN, rodeos, headstones and some big
questions answered. Plus extra briefs, Past
Students News and other information to keep
you up -to- date in our expanded coverage!
9 Diving in headstrong
Mark Hawley sur faces at School after a
chance encounter with an RGS teacher
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
10 The guardians below
With masks and snorkels, students
arm themselves to save the Reef
MUSIC UP CLOSE
12 Music is not what they do.
It is who they are.
A conversation with Head of Music
John Evenhuis and some teachers
from the Music Department
16 A teacher, at six
Teaching was Stephanie’s calling even
before she could spell her name
17 Committing to the
RGS recognised as a Centre of
Excellence in Pre-Service Teaching
18 Beyond the city limits
Regional schools are essential
to Australia’s future
19 Lessons on learning
Teachers send a powerful message
about striving for more
16 RGS Sport Highlights.
18 RGS Photo Album
On the cover: Year 10 Student Kira-
Lee Gibson and Kasey Dawson gather
evidence on the health of the Great Barrier
Reef. See the story on page Page 10
Volume 29, No. 3 October 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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