In my regular professional reading, I think about our various goals and practices at CHAC through the lens of the perspectives of inspiring and respected thinkers.
Our Mission at CHAC is well-aligned to the wish expressed in The Dalai Lama’s quote below. The question is always about how such goals translate into our professional practice. You may be assured of our continuing questioning and consideration of how we carry out the grand goals in the multitude of everyday interactions.
My wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to the education of the heart, teaching love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, mindfulness, tolerance and peace. This education is necessary, from kindergarten to secondary schools and universities. I mean, social, emotional and ethical learning. We need a worldwide initiative for educating heart and mind in this modern age.
Sir Ken Robinson is a highly-respected global thinker and speaker on education. He says:
Education is more like gardening than manufacturing: the thing is that gardeners know that there are conditions under which plants flourish and that’s true of all human communities – what it comes to is the culture of the place.
With a whole term set to conclude next Thursday, I am confident that there has been genuine attention to building our authentic, caring and spirited culture; to educating the hearts and minds of our students; and to helping them flourish as individuals within our community.
I thank our teachers for their dedication to this complex work and I thank our parents for your collaboration in working together with staff in the best interests of your sons and daughters. We particularly appreciate the respectful and open conversations that occurred this week during the three afternoons of Primary Parent/Teacher Meetings. We look forward to the Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews that are scheduled during the first two weeks of next term.
I am also looking forward to the first of my personal ‘Coffee and Conversations with the Principal’ next Tuesday. On this occasion, invitations have been sent to Years 4 to 6 parents, with a maximum number being set at 12 via the Trybooking RSVP process. Further opportunities will be scheduled in Term 2.
Thank you to all who attended the CHAC Foundation Business Networking Evening last night in the Enterprise Centre – what a great atmosphere and valuable connector event. Members of the South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce joined with us and were also excited by the excellent opportunities that our Enterprise Centre opens up for our students and the business community.
I wish all in our TAS teams heading into the Finals Round tomorrow, along with our Junior TAS teams, a great finish to the Trimester 1 sports season. It’s always fantastic to see the growth in the self-belief and skill levels of our students as they put in the focused work of training across the term. Go well CHAC!
May I offer my warm good wishes and gratitude to all CHAC families and staff as we bring the term to a close. Prep to Year 2 staff and students are preparing for a fabulous Easter Bonnet Parade on Wednesday and the always fun-filled Inter-House Cross Country Carnival and Easter Services for the whole College will conclude the day on Thursday 29 March.
Our staff return for a Professional Development Day on Monday 16 April, and all students will resume for Term 2 on Tuesday 17 April, following the excitement and buzz of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Term 2 will bring many fresh opportunities to advance our 2018 theme – Creative, Collaborative, Committed. The College’s 30th Year Foundation Day Celebrations – including the dedication and opening of the Enterprise Centre and Science Stage 2 – will be a highlight of Week 1. The biennial CHAC Wetlands Festival will be a much-anticipated event in Week 6 – 27 May. As always, there is plenty to keep us excited at College.
I wish all in the CHAC Community a restful and happy break, and a profound experience of the Easter message of Hope and Joy.