From the Deputy Principal - David Hodges

From Saturday 18 March to Tuesday 21 March the International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference for 2023 took place in Adelaide. Our IB Co-ordinator, Mary-Anne Muhl and I were honoured to represent St Andrew’s School with colleagues from over 30 countries, who had all gathered in Adelaide for this annual event.

The theme for the conference was Education for an inclusive future and included inspirational keynote speakers, collaborative breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

At St Andrew’s School we are proud to be an IB school and to offer our students the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP framework provides our learners with the opportunity to become active participants in their learning through an inquiry approach and attitudes to learning.

In Australia we are also required to teach the Australian Curriculum (AC) and ensure our students have access to the eight learning areas in the AC, namely English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages.

This involves rigorous and effective planning from our Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) with support from Mary-Anne. Our PLTs meet weekly to review the curriculum, pedagogy and assessments which are driving the student learning experiences in our classrooms.

Mary-Anne and I would like to invite families who are interested to join us for a Parent Learning Workshop on Friday 19 May (Week 4) 8:45am in the School Hall.

We will share a cup of coffee and present information about the PYP and the AC and give examples of how this looks at St Andrew’s School. We will also have time for any questions we can answer about learning at our School.

Information regarding how to register for this session will be available early next term, but please save the date!

We will film and upload the workshop for anyone who is interested to learn, but unable to attend this time. We aim to run at least one session per term to keep families informed about the teaching and learning at our school. We hope to see you there.

David Hodges
Deputy Principal