FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

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4 September, 2020

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Mindsets and learning

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

“It’s not that I’m smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

These quotes, typifying the importance of a growth mindset towards learning, are attributed to Albert Einstein. Writings refer to how, as a young child, Einstein’s parents sought medical advice because he was so late to begin speaking. He was also a late reader. He had to take his College entrance exams a second time after failing the first.

Undoubtedly Einstein had natural mental acuity where maths and problem solving were involved, but he often said that it wasn’t natural intelligence that took him to his greatest discoveries in physics, it was his unceasing determination – his growth mindset. When faced with failure, he tried again and again.

Among the plethora of quotes often credited to Einstein, others include:

“Failure is success in progress.”

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.”

The important message is that all learners – from the very youngest – can continually work at building a growth mindset approach to all aspects of their learning, thus enhancing the personal and academic achievements that flow from this.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Prep Education Outdoors

Last week Prep children engaged in their Education Outdoors learning in the Wetlands at Scotch Oakburn Park. The children explored various learning experiences in their four House groups, including basic navigation, sensory experiences, pond dipping to find invertebrates, fire making and damper eating.

Many of the children are quite familiar with the Wetlands, having spent their Bush Learning days there while in Early Learning. The Wetlands is an incredible asset to our College, providing endless learning opportunities for all ages. Our Education Outdoors team offer programs to each year level from Early Learning to Year 12 in various outdoor environments. The programs are a carefully thought out progression from year to year and each provides tremendous benefit to all learners throughout the College.

While at the Wetlands last Friday, the children’s level of engagement, curiosity and teamwork was very evident. The Wetlands environment and the expertise of our Education Outdoors team made for an incredibly rich day full of learning, adventure, friendship and fun. Deeper connections were made and lines of inquiry have continued back in the classroom.

Thank you to the Education Outdoors team for a fantastic day of learning and for the broader Education Outdoors program across all years at our College.

Becca Biggs, Louise Black and Linda Neville
Teachers

 

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