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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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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, S...

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Intervening

In their highly acclaimed book The Self-Driven Child, authors Stixrud and Johnson make the connection between the growing rates of anxiety and...

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How we focus on STEM

The Australian Government regards high-quality STEM education as critically important for our current and future productivity, as well as for informed personal...

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The Next Big Thing

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon What’s the next big thing for you...

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The effect of a growth mindset in Maths

Growth mindset is a learning theory developed by Dr Carol Dweck. It revolves around the idea that you can improve ability and...

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Deep Learning is Hard Work

A study released by Harvard University last month found that, while students felt they learned more in a traditional learning environment, they...

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Learning Matters

When undertaking the research that informs many of the decisions we make at Living Faith, we focus significant time on the area...

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Risky Play

The team from Everything Outside worked swiftly and meticulously over the term break, and the opening of our new adventure playground is...

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Professional Learning for Teachers (Pt 3)

Professional learning for teachers that is relevant, collaborative and futures-focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality and the engagement...

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Learning a Second Language

An example of a school subject that may be considered to be non-academic, but is essential in providing a well-rounded education, is...

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Professional Learning for Teachers (Pt 2)

Professional learning for teachers that is relevant, collaborative and futures-focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality and the engagement...

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10 Beliefs About Learning

Living Faith’s approach to education is founded on our beliefs about learning, which draw upon significant research in a range of f...

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SMH Opinion: NAPLAN changes the way we raise our children, and not for the better

The following excerpt is from an opinion piece by Jane Mueller, published by the Sydney Morning Herald on 28 August, 2019: Rigorous debate has...

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Les Barnard 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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Professional Learning for Teachers

Professional learning for teachers that is relevant, collaborative and future-focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality and the engagement...

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Struggle: an Essential Element of Learning

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

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Learning Matters

Assessment is the process of identifying, gathering and interpreting information about student achievement. Assessment can be used for a number of purposes,...

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Why Only Primary?

I regularly field questions from parents about whether Living Faith will extend into a secondary college (P-12) model. The question has been...

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The Educator: Dial back the temperature on students’ mental health

By Jane Mueller. Published by The Educator on 19 July 2019. We all know the story of the frog in the boiling water. The...

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What is Reading?

Reading is making meaning from print. It is not just about being able to read fluently out aloud. It requires that we:...

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Embracing Change

Change is all around us. We live in a world where the rate of change is increasing exponentially. Education is certainly not...

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Student Achievement Across the Semester

As the semester draws to a close, your child’s SeeSaw journal will be populated with the assessment tasks they have completed a...

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Improvement

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. Jack Dixon We often...

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The Structure of Mindset Maths

In a recent article, we introduced you to Mindset Maths, an approach based on three key ideas: Anyone can learn Maths to...

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Connectedness

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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What are number talks and why are they important?

At Living Faith, our students participate in short number talks at the beginning of most Maths lessons. Number talks are an important...

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Technology

I’m drawn to this quote by Douglas Adams: ‘I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to te...

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Comments on Mindset Maths

In the last edition of Faith Matters (27 March, 2019), we shared with you our excitement over the improvement shown in Maths in Year 6...

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Modes of Thinking

Have you ever, in the moment, tried desperately and intentionally to recall a word from your memory bank – a person’s name, a g...

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The new paradigm in teacher recruitment

Living Faith has been rethinking our approach to teacher interviews. Read more in this feature by The Educator magazine.

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What is Mindset Maths?

Mindset Maths is an approach to Maths teaching and learning by Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford University. The three key ideas around...

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Beyond Living Faith

One of the questions I’m often asked when talking with parents during the enrolment process is, ‘How do Living Faith students cop...

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Mindset Maths

Mindset Maths is an approach to Maths developed by Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford University. It is shared through the Youcubed website...

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Mastery vs Speed

David Geurin is a US educationalist, father of four, principal, and author of Future Driven. He writes, ‘Learning should involve consuming AND c...

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Results in Writing Achievement Through Writer’s Workshop and Daily 5

We began implementing our Writer’s Workshop program in 2016 across the school. We have seen a steady improvement in the number of s...

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Addressing Student Behaviour

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. - Aristotle A proactive approach to fostering healthy and mature...

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Results in Student Achievement Through Project-Based Learning

We have been teaching subjects such as History, Geography, Science, Technology, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business through a project-based learning ...

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Rewards and Motivation

Dangling a carrot in front of a donkey serves a purpose in the short-term, but is unlikely to create in the donkey...

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Improvement in Student Achievement in Reading

In 2016, we introduced Daily 5 throughout the school. Daily 5 is a literacy framework that has three major benefits: It encourages independenceIt creates a...

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Classroom Decorations: Is Less More?

Sometimes our best intentions lead us to do more, when what’s actually needed is less. Our teachers went in search of s...

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A New Rule: What Does Love Require of Me?

On the surface, rules serve a community well. They exist to promote harmony and maintain safety. It can be so easy to...

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Let Play Happen

With school holidays right on our doorstep, more than ever it’s time to let play happen. It’s well documented that anx...

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Differentiation Trumps Worksheets

Asking all 6th-graders to master the same concept at the same time is like asking all 35-year-olds to wear the same sized...

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Subjects and Dot-Connecting

Have you ever stopped to think about how formal education was established? And why learning was broken into subjects? And why, over...

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Special Report - The Educator's Hot List 2018

Two of our Living Faith educators have been named in The Educator's Hot List 2018! Read the full article here.

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Living Faith Teachers Recognised in State and National Awards

Living Faith Lutheran Primary School has achieved a trifecta of teaching excellence with three respected educators earning recognition for their leading educational...

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Student Achievement

What constitutes student achievement? In which fields do we apply the term student achievement? Is it a term that refers to academia?...

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Looking to the Future

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

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Why Music?

A well-rounded education requires us to tap into various parts of a child’s brain in order to challenge, stretch and extend. W...

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Teachers, Coaches or Guides?

I’m not a fan of the word teacher in the primary school setting. Firstly, it implies that a person is the h...

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Collaboration

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

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Project-Based Learning

Our biannual Exhibition Evenings showcase the culmination of a semester’s Project-Based Learning (PBL). But have you ever stopped to think about w...

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Feedback v Feedforward

Your child talks about feedforward. Some parents read about their child’s ability to respond to feedforward in last semester’s report car...

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What to Look For at our Exhibition Evening

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year, cofounder or Alibaba Group, Jack Ma shared his story of rejection,...

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The Educator

From best practice to next practiceRead the full article here. 

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Happiness

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

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Our Future is in Good Hands

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place...

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Learning or Regurgitating?

Schools were widely established in the UK, USA and Australia in the 19th century. Schools were designed for the industrial era and...

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Growth Mindset

At the start of the year I drew attention to the term ‘growth mindset’ and wrote about how our teachers are starting to ...

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Parent Engagement

Parents are the first and primary educators of children. Parents enter a partnership with schools to complement the informal education that takes...

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Sleep for Learning

Children need more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development. Further, a good night’s sleep is essential f...

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Dramatically Increase Your Child's Love for Reading

The introduction of Daily 5 to our curriculum repertoire and especially the concept of ‘good fit’ books has dramatically increased our students’ love for r...

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Student Engagement

Living Faith invests a lot of energy in student engagement. We collect data on student engagement and use this data to further...

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Growth Mindset

You can expect to regularly hear the term ‘growth mindset’ as 2018 unfolds. Please allow me to explain. In September last year, together wit...

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Family Loyalty Discount

As part of our ongoing partnership with Grace Lutheran College, a new Family Loyalty Discount opportunity is available to families who have...

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Innovative Schools Award Winner 2017

We are proud to announce Living Faith is a recipient of the ‘Innovative Schools’ award for 2017, by the Educator Magazine.  This is an i...

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Families Magazine

Brisbane Schools are Changing. For the better and here’s why! Read the full article here. 

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Quest Community News

Loyal listeners encourage children to read in school programRead the full article here. 

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Kindergarten

To enrol your child in the Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten, simply complete the Kindergarten Waiting List Application Form below. This can be...

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Channel 7 News: A look inside 'future' classrooms

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FutureFest, London

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Channel Nine's "Today"

Futuristic School: High-Tech Classrooms Revolutionise Learning Living Faith Lutheran Primary School was featured on Channel Nine's "Today" program in March 2016.

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BFX Furniture - Case Study

Case Study - Living Faith Lutheran Primary School Read the full article here. 

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Quest Community News

Learning plazas and genius bars are part of new classrooms attracting international attention at Living Faith Lutheran Primary School, Murrumba Downs. Read...

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