Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

What a wet couple of days we have had this week! Standing at Kiss and Drop each morning has allowed me to see the many different responses both students and adults have to 200 mm of rain falling in two days. There’s joy and excitement, indifference and inconvenience, through to absolute dislike and ‘enough already!’

Homework attracts similar responses, and it has in the western industrialised world for 130 years or more. The staff and I have analysed the surveys from 2019 and 2020 and it’s clear that there is the full range of attitude and feeling to this topic in our College community.

Where to from here? Firstly, we need to reform learning at home. It needs to have context, purpose and relevance. It’s often the touch point for families to check in with progress and achievement. It needs a starting point and an end point with real feedback. This term we are launching some focused activities that link student goals and learning needs, technology and non-screen time, age and interest. You will see some literacy and reading, targeted maths, and prep for things like speeches and presentations. Busy work will be a thing of the past. Let’s see what grows in our students’ learning this term…with a good shower or two of rain.

Mr Andrew McPhail