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Number Talks

Many people look at the way Maths is taught today and think ‘this is so different from the way I learnt in...

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Connectedness: A Basic Human Need

Connectedness is a fundamental psychological human need. Just as food, water and shelter are needed for physical survival, connectedness is a basic...

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Teacher Teaming

How do staff model a culture of collaboration? A point of difference between a Living Faith classroom and a traditional classroom is...

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Be Still: Finding Calm Amid the Storm

Our generation knows so much. Knowledge is at our fingertips. But knowing too much can have its drawbacks because it opens our...

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Why don't we hand out stickers at Living Faith?

Motivation is a fundamental element in education. We want students to do their best, try hard and persevere especially when challenged. But...

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Fostering Emotional Fortitude in Children

In our Western society, we can be quick to protect our children from struggles. It’s not easy to see children grapple...

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The Value of Daydreaming

Daydreaming is how we access our big-picture state of mind. - Amy Fries Studies show that letting your mind wander can increase...

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Project based approach to languages

Nǐ hǎo! You have probably seen the beautiful lanterns, calligraphy or artworks come home over the past term. These have been...

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Why don’t we use worksheets at Living Faith?

Worksheets are the age-old staple of schools. They are quick and easy for teachers to print, pass and start. Students can fill...

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Soft Skills for Success

What are the essential skills students must develop, in order to succeed in later life? Whilst skills in the three R’s ...

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Pandemic Priorities

In the third year of the pandemic, what needs to be prioritised at school? Parents, carers and educators have been scrambling as...

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How do we embed Digital Technologies in the classroom?

It is essential to educate our kids about Digital Technology in the digital era in which we live. Technology is one of...

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What have our teachers been up to over the last two weeks?

With the delay of the school year, teachers have been hard at work both engaging with professional development and preparing and planning...

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Be Still

Our theme for the year ahead is Be Still. What does Be Still mean to you? In Exodus, Moses writes ‘The Lord...

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Free Indeed

What controls you? Is it the compulsion to have the latest gadgets and accessories? Is it the obligation to return every phone...

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Why are Exhibition Evenings so vital to Learning?

Last week the rain held off long enough for us to come together to celebrate Exhibition Evening for Semester 2. Exhibition Evenings provide...

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Teacher Prototypes

At Living Faith, teachers engage in their own research project (prototype) each year. This targeted research has led to many of the...

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Love is an Action: the Not-So-Secret Secret to Leading a Meaningful Life

Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’ Human beings are...

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Schools are a place of learning and not just for our students!

Teacher professional development and learning opportunities are incredibly important in sustaining a quality learning environment. At Living Faith, our teachers annually undertake...

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Why Prioritise Student Engagement?

Living Faith invests a lot of energy ensuring students are engaged with their learning. We collect data on student engagement and use...

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Constructive Distractions: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Have you ever told your child that they can’t have an unhealthy treat, only to find they become obsessed with the...

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Contemporary Competencies

At Living Faith, we believe that we need to prepare students to thrive in an ever-changing world. We don’t know what...

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Reading

As a parent and teacher, I know very well the challenges of walking alongside a child who is learning to read. Learning...

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Active Learning

Active learning involves students engaging in the learning process experientially. In an active learning environment, students are afforded a significant level of...

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Keeping Kids’ Spark for Learning

Children are naturally inquisitive, eager to participate and learn. They see possibilities uninhibited by adult limitations and ask incredible questions. Children love...

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Take a Break

We often underestimate the importance of rest. Play breaks, unstructured afternoons and evenings, relaxing weekends and friend-oriented school holidays are essential for...

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Service-Learning at Living Faith

How do we embed Service-Learning at Living Faith? Service is a central part of what we do here at Living Faith and...

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What Kind of Parent are You?

‘Parenting’ is a relatively new concept. It’s an idea that is believed to have originated in the 1970’s and, since that...

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LEA LEADERSHIP PODCASTS

Whilst undertaking a short sabbatical, Principal Jane Mueller interviewed Lutheran principals from around the country to learn more about their approaches to...

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Treehouse Opening

This week we welcomed the Year 2 and Year 3 students into their brand new classrooms. As we opened the doors, the looks on...

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Developing Resilience through Play

According to Maggie Dent (author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist), resilience refers to one’s ability to manage one’s life...

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Rewards and Praise - The Use of Superlatives

Well done! Fantastic! Excellent effort! We have all heard these superlatives many times before, and we are all probably responsible for commending...

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The Agile Classroom

Once upon a time, students sat at wooden desks in rows facing the teacher, but that is NOT how things are today...

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Project-Based Learning

When you ask students what their favourite subject at school is, the vast majority will say PBL (Project-Based Learning). It is a...

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Meet Generation Alpha

For as long as I can remember, when we socialise with different groups of people from various age groups, at one point...

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Student Reports

Student report cards will be available to families from Years 1 to 6 via Parent Lounge, the week commencing Monday, 28 June 2021. Report cards are...

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Abundant Living

Where doubt exists, faith does not. And without faith, the abundant blessings of God become hard to see and grasp. God doesn...

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Exhibition Evening

Our Semester 1 Exhibition Evening will be held on Wednesday, 16 June. There is much more to an Exhibition Evening than just a visit...

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Curiosity Engages, Ramps Up and Changes the Brain

I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein What is curiosity? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as, ‘A...

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Success Criteria and Assessment

I remember dreading assessment at school, mostly because I worried if I had stored enough facts/dates/formulas to get me through....

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7 Incredible Benefits of Gratitude

It’s not happy people who are grateful; it’s grateful people who are happy. Unknown Gratitude is increasingly recognised by neuroscientists,...

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Feedforward

When I type the word ‘feedforward’ on my computer, autocorrect desperately tries to revert it to ‘feedback’. But at Living Faith ‘feedforward’...

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Collaboration is not a Fancy Word for Group Work

In Living Faith’s Beliefs about Learning, we say that, amongst other things, we strive for our students to be effective collaborators....

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Caves, Campfires and Waterholes

If you ask our students where they sit in class, you will most likely hear some unusual responses: ‘I sat at the...

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Is Happiness What We Really Want for our Children?

What do you want most for your child’s future? If you answered ‘happiness’, you are not alone. It would be hard...

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LEA LEADERSHIP PODCASTS

It’s long been acknowledged that Living Faith has a special staff culture. Such culture does not evolve by accident, but is...

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Play is Learning

Play is often viewed as the time between learning - the space filler where kids can let loose and get out some...

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The Questions our Students Want Answered

It’s standard practice for our teachers to begin a unit of work by establishing students’ existing knowledge and understanding. This enables...

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GETTING SMART: PERFECTION VS IMPROVEMENT: THE PROBLEM WITH EXPECTING STUDENT PERFECTION

When perfection is the expectation for children, children can become overwhelmed by dread and imprisoned by pressure. Typically they will not yet...

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Building Engagement through Voice & Choice

It makes sense that being able to seize students' curiosity and pique their interest will lead to better engagement in their learning....

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Our Arts Program is Maturing

Living Faith has enhanced its offerings in the Arts in recent years. Perhaps most notably in the past 18 months, we have: expanded...

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The Balancing Act of Technology in the Classroom

The incorporation of iPads and digital technologies as learning tools at Living Faith has been done with extensive thought and discussion on...

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We’re not in the business of ‘getting things right’

Today’s society places a lot of pressure on people to ‘get things right’. There are times when it’s good to...

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Art & Design

Art and Design Look out, Picasso! Stand back, da Vinci! Living Faith students are the new artists on the scene! Our new ...

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Why We Want our Students to Revel in Uncertainty

Much has been written over the past 12 months about the uncertainty that has been brought about by the pandemic, as if uncertainty...

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Growth Mindset in the Classroom

Why the first weeks of school are so important One of the most important times of the school year is the first...

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Free Indeed

What controls you? Is it the compulsion to have the latest gadgets and accessories? Is it the obligation to return every phone...

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Leaping Out in Faith

At the start of the year when we announced that 2020 was the year to leap out in faith, we never could’ve...

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Mastery is a Mindset

After recommending it to you at Connect in January, I recently re-read Daniel Pink’s bestseller, Drive. This week, I take the...

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Education for our Youngest Generations: Parent and Educator Perspectives

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher and influential thought leader. He and his team recently released their The Future of Education 2020 report,...

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Are our children’s job prospects bleak?

A question I was often asked as a child is, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Were you...

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What exciting things are we up to in PBL this semester?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) helps students make real-world connections and see the value and purpose of what they are learning. This semester, some...

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THE EDUCATOR: THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS OF STANDARDISED TESTING

Standardised testing is not new. Its well-intentioned beginnings in the Australian context date back to the late 1800’s, when it was used...

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Jesus Overrides Negativity Bias and Inspires a Growth Mindset

From minor annoyances to major disasters, our bias towards a specific episode can change over time. Psychology research suggests that our short-term...

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Environmental Sustainability

Did you know? We have a Sustainability Team populated by Year 6 students. The Sustainability Team presented a short video at last week...

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How do we teach writing at Living Faith?

As with all subject areas at Living Faith, we aim to embed a love of learning into our writing program. Through Daily 5,...

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Sir Ken Robinson

I woke on Sunday morning to the unexpected news that Sir Ken Robinson had passed away. Ken was an influencer on the...

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LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL: DEFYING WORLDLY PERFECTION AND RECLAIMING OUR GLORIOUSLY IMPERFECT NATURE

By Jane Mueller. Published by the Lutheran Theological Journal, August 2020 The First and Second Industrial Revolutions changed everything. Among a mass of...

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What makes a subject your favourite?

Student engagement and enjoyment are important factors which influence students' learning. But what engages students and what kinds of activities help to...

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Praise

Can you recall the Connect parent session in January? We looked at Daniel Pink’s research* in relation to motivation, and talked...

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RAY EBERT ON THE HOT LIST!

Yet again, a member of Living Faith Lutheran Primary School's staff is featured on The Educator's annual Hot List as one of...

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Collaborative Classrooms at Living Faith

Collaborative learning is an important element of what we do here at Living Faith. It is promoted from Prep through to Year 6...

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The Relationship Between Emotions and Academic Success

It has long been acknowledged that intelligence and conscientiousness are vital factors in students’ academic success. But are they the only factors?...

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How do we build number sense at Living Faith?

How do we build number sense at Living Faith? At Living Faith, our students participate in short number talks several times a...

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Questions

This year the vast majority of our students participated in Living Faith Online in the family home for a period of time....

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The Problem with Perfection

Perfection is a dangerous concept to aim for or to claim. Firstly, perfection puts a ceiling on things. It suggests we reach...

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What do we do to develop reading at Living Faith?

There is no question that learning to read is a complex process involving many different elements. While learning each of these elements...

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Living Faith's Top 20 Reading List

Increasingly, we are asked for recommendations for go-to books in relation to parenting and education. And so, here it is: Living Faith...

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The Difference Between Learning and Performing

When some people think of learning, what sometimes comes to mind is the image of a teacher standing at the front of...

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Let the Adventure Begin

God made today. Today is an incredibly precious gift that we can open with enthusiasm and optimism. Let’s not waste a...

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Mental Health Trumps Academics Every Time

'Relationships before Rigor. Grace before Grades. Patience before Programs. Love before Lessons' Dr Brad Johnson How mental health affects learning We all...

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Curiosity

Walt Whitman said, ‘Be curious, not judgemental.’ A few generations later, Arnold Edinborough wrote, ‘Curiosity is the very basis of education and...

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Engaging Students

Living Faith adopts the philosophy that student learning can only take place to its full potential when students are engaged. This concept...

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Learning happens everywhere

Learning is a lifelong business. We are always learning and some of our most meaningful experiences can come from unplanned, incidental learning...

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Feedforward

Your child talks about feedforward. Our teachers habitually reference feedforward. If you’ve been a part of the Living Faith community for...

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Why PBL and not just separate subjects?

What is PBL? Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method where students learn by actively engaging in real-world and meaningful projects. PBL...

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Supporting Classroom Learning from Home

It’s not uncommon for parents and carers to ask what they can do at home to support classroom learning. This is...

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What is Performing Arts?

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Mindset Maths: How Maths works at Living Faith

At Living Faith, our Maths program is built with a foundation of research in neuroscience and educational psychology. We teach Mindset Maths...

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Empathy

Much has been written about the so-called empathy crisis. Many believe that our children are growing up to be less caring and...

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There's something new at Living Faith!

Something new has started at Living Faith Lights, camera action! This year in addition to music, we are excited to welcome drama,...

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Our Classrooms

The Reggio Emilia approach to education refers to the classroom (learning environment) as the ‘third teacher’. Montessori schools adopt a similar philosophy....

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What do we do in our first week of the school year?

At Living Faith we start the year off with a week of relationship and resilience building. In our first week of school...

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SMH OPINION: TEACH PHONICS, YES, BUT DON’T PIGEON-HOLE TEACHERS

By Jane Mueller. Published by the Sydney Morning Herald, 31 January, 2020 Formal education has been distorted to the point that it is often...

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Leaping out in Faith

There are many memes doing the rounds on social media about leaping out in faith. Have you seen the one with the...

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MAMAMIA OPINION: MOBILE PHONE BANS ARE MAKING OUR KIDS IRRELEVANT IN THE WORLD THEY’RE GROWING INTO

By Jane Mueller. Published by Mamamia, 17 December, 2019. The humble pencil. It exists as a writing and drawing tool. Great things have come...

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Play: It’s not Rocket Science, but it is Neuroscience

Our busy society tends to dismiss play as a nonsensical waste of time. In our quest for unmatched intelligence and our desire...

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THE EDUCATOR: PLAY: THE SOLUTION TO THE ‘STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CRISIS’

By Jane Mueller. Published by The Educator on 9 December, 2019. If there is someone to blame for the ‘student achievement crisis’, we should...

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QUADRANT: THE SMART PLAY TO LIFT OUR SCHOOLS

By Jane Mueller. Published by Quadrant on 6 December, 2019. By all accounts, 2019 has been an emotive year in our education landscape. Australia has...

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STEM & PBL

I have recently returned from presenting Living Faith’s project-based learning approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Education at EduTECH Asia,...

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