At the core of our Vision and Mission statements and all of the written material that describes what we do, what we provide for our students and how we do it, is our Purpose….the ‘Why’. Put simply, we want to help give our students, your children, the very best possible launch-pad into their adult lives. This takes all of us: teachers, coaches, mentors, learning assistants, non-teaching staff, students and parents from Early Learning right through to Year 12.
Time and time again, research from around the world has recognised the direct link between the quality of life of individuals and the standard of living of communities, to the level of education of the population. Regardless of what path our students take after Year 12, we will do all that we can to make sure they are as well prepared for their future as possible. That is ‘Why’ we do what we do and it is ‘Why’ we exist.
Recently, Deloitte Access Economics partner Paul Liggins spoke at a Launceston Chamber of Commerce luncheon. His theme focused on the need for governments to spend more money in order to reduce the burden poor health outcomes have on the economy. In that context, he spoke of the direct connection between employment, health and educational levels. The Examiner reported Mr Liggins as saying, “Health is very much related to whether you have a job or not. Whether you have a job or not is related to what sort of education you have. So, the link between education and health in all literature is very strong.”
Two years’ ago, educational researchers presented me with information that quantified the value of a Scotch Oakburn education. Students who stay the course and complete Year 12 at Scotch Oakburn have a 50% better chance of attaining their TCE than those who leave by the end of Year 10. Furthermore, our students are two and a half times more likely to achieve an ATAR, which for the majority provides access to University, than those who leave us early.
These statistics simply put a numerical value on what we already know. The dynamic that is produced in all of our classrooms, playgrounds, outdoor spaces and activities is a rich environment that provides the right conditions for all students to achieve to their potential. Whether they be an Early Learner who is discovering the wonders of nature in the Claremont Garden or a TCE Chemistry student trying to wrap their mind around the concept of ‘the mole’, the value of an inquiring mind, the encouragement of persistence and the love of learning is there for all. Ultimately, teaching, guiding and mentoring our young people to allow them to flourish is ‘Why’ we do what we do.