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NSWSPC Calendar

Mon Jul 13, 2015
School Development Day
Mon Jul 20, 2015
Executive Meeting
Mon Jul 27, 2015
Education Week
Tue Jul 28, 2015
Education Week
Wed Jul 29, 2015
Education Week
Thu Jul 30, 2015
Education Week
Fri Jul 31, 2015
Education Week
Thu Aug 06, 2015
Executive VC
Wed Aug 12, 2015
Retired Principals' lunch - 12 pm
Wed Aug 19, 2015
Executive Meeting
Thu Aug 20, 2015
State Assembly
Fri Aug 21, 2015 @08:30 - 03:30PM
Professional Learning Day - UTS

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2015 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to Stacey Quince - Principal
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

The aim of Stacey's research is to seek to address the following questions:

  • To what extent do learning spaces support quality pedagogical practices?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools draw on current research and examples to maximise the use of space for improved learning experiences for students?
  • What processes can be employed in NSW DEC Secondary Schools to build the capacity of teachers to utilise learning spaces more effectively?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools evaluate the impact of flexible learning spaces on teacher practice and student engagement?

She writes ...

Research in the area of learning environments is a rapidly developing field, with educators and academics alike recognising the importance that space plays in the role of learning (Dumont and Istance, 2010; Blackmore, 2011; Heppell, 2013). Whilst the need to shift the "old paradigm" though new and emerging pedagogies to more effectively meet the needs C21st learners is well documented, there is a need to reconceptualise the role that space plays in this shift and, more fundamentally, provide school leaders with strategies and tools to be able to transform space and how it is used. This requires a process that can both build the capacity of teachers to implement new pedagogies, as well as enable leadership teams to transform existing learning environments to maximise the impact of these new pedagogies.

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2015 Bill Kennedy Medal

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2015 Bill Kennedy Medal awardee Christine Cawsey, Principal, Rooty Hill High School
receiving her award from Bill Kennedy

Citation

The 2015 Bill Kennedy Medal is awarded to a person with an enduring commitment to Public Education, the NSW SPC and the development of quality leadership in secondary schools across NSW.

The recipient demonstrates dynamic, inspirational, creative and influential leadership. Her capacity to inspire others has been evidenced at school, community, regional and state levels, as well as in relation to a wide range of professional associations. As a former President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council and as a highly credentialed and credible Principal, she has been an outstanding advocate for public education, its students and teachers.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING CALL

We have consistently acknowledged the commitment by the current NSW Premier and Minister to honour the principles of the 'Gonski' funding model and guarantee that this funding model will be implemented for the six years of the original agreement with the Commonwealth. We also commend the Government for actually doing as they promised and providing much-needed funds direct to our schools.

It is important that we and our communities realise that Gonski strongly advocated for fair, equitable and transparent recurrent funding based on student need, but also equally strongly made the case that our Public Schools were hugely under-funded in capital programs, school infrastructure and facilities, compared with non-government schools.

As leaders of our Public Schools, we know only too well that high quality teaching makes a big difference for students, but we also see on a daily basis that facilities, buildings and technology access are also vital to successful learning and teaching. Parents and community members also see the positive impact on their children of quality teaching and a quality school that is up-to-date and has well-equipped buildings and facilities.

In the lead-up to the State Election on the 28th March, on behalf of our 500 Principals, their students and school communities, the NSWSPC calls on all political parties to acknowledge the value to our State and our Nation of a strong, well-resourced Public Schooling System. The funding principles of 'Gonski' must be embedded for the foreseeable future both in the immediacy of need for capital expenditure in our Public Schools and recurrent needs-based funding via the NSW RAM methodology.

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