The Principal's Pen

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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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’s...

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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 m...

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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 if yo...

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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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Feedforward

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

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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 a...

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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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Our Classsrooms

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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