Cannon Hill Anglican College is committed to enhancing the professional satisfaction and motivation of all staff. This professional community promotes reflective practice, professional growth and a commitment to relevant professional learning.
Staff engage in both formal and informal professional development that cover whole of College initiatives as well as tailored, discipline-specific programs relevant to individual needs. Professional learning occurs throughout the year during student free days in January, April, July, October and at the conclusion of the school year.
Staff also undertake additional learning during their own time and throughout the school year at faculty meetings, staff meetings and in the school holidays.
Teaching Awards and Achievements
At a 2018 gathering, recognising teachers who had been certified as Highly Accomplished or Lead Teachers, as defined by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, an impressive 10 of the 25 recipients were CHAC teachers. While this prestigious event recognised a small group of our staff, they are indicative of the highly professional, highly committed staff we are blessed with at the College.
Independent school teachers seeking national certification undergo a rigorous appraisal of their teaching practice. This includes demonstrating their proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and undergoing peer and student review and classroom observations.
‘We recognise the outstanding calibre of our teaching staff. A quarter of our teachers have now embraced the challenge first afforded by the College in conjunction with ISQ in 2015, to develop portfolios of their professional practice, leading to these new national classifications. With 12 teachers participating in the current round, we celebrate and congratulate our staff on this significant professional commitment, which further enhances the high-quality learning environment for our students at CHAC.’
Robyn Bell, Principal
Independent Schools Queensland’s Executive Director David Robertson congratulated CHAC on its commitment to teaching excellence and the ongoing professional development of its teachers.
‘For outstanding educators like those at CHAC, teaching is not a job, it’s their heart’s work. What’s common to all these teachers is their care for and belief in every one of their students. They recognise the potential within their students and seek to draw it out by connecting with them and challenging them with content-rich, relevant learning experiences. Their impact extends beyond the classroom into the staffroom as agents of change who share and collaborate with their colleagues across a wide range of year levels and subject areas including social sciences, Japanese, health and physical education and industrial design and technology.’
Pre-Service Teacher Centre for Excellence
Each year, the College makes a commitment to support the pre-service teacher programs of the various tertiary institutions across South East Queensland.
Experienced teachers have an important responsibility to mentor and supervise the next generation of teachers. This experience allows our teachers the time to reflect on their own practices, and consciously demonstrate effective strategies and skills in curriculum planning and execution and the work of a teacher in and out of the classroom.
Through Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), we are one of the original four Queensland independent schools identified in 2010 as a Centre of Excellence in supporting and mentoring pre-service teachers.
Interesting Facts about our amazing Teachers
Our teachers include past lawyers, a research scientist, an artist, a translator for the United Nations, and several State Representatives or Champions encompassing touch Football, Cross Country, Athletics, Rowing and Middle Distance Running. And it pays to behave in class as the team also includes a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Life experiences among CHAC’s teaching staff include trekking the mountains of Nepal, being stalked by white rhinos in Zimbabwe, sky-diving in New Zealand, starring in film and television alongside actors from Harrison Ford to Agro, and escaping a Maoist coup in Kathmandu – at 3am in the morning…..in a rickshaw!
Teachers have taught from Punchbowl to Philadelphia and Portsmouth, Dimbulah to Dubai, Laos to London’s East End, and Biggenden to Bogotá. Collectively, our teachers can converse in a plethora of languages, including Russian and Zulu!
Diakonos: to serve
Some CHAC staff use their down time, including long-service leave, to embody CHAC’s mission of service. This work has included working with orphanages in Bolivia and Burma, volunteering in Tanzania, and teaching English in China.
All of our teachers meet or exceed the professional learning benchmark set by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) by attending professional learning, or by leading learning as a presenter at either internal or external conferences, or workshops.
Next Practice is a future-focussed approach to teaching and learning enabled by new technologies. It is characterised by engagement in relevant, authentic learning experiences which integrate the learning environment with the real world of global citizenship.
This learner-focussed methodology develops in our students the capacity to transfer their authentic skills and knowledge to the real world, equipping them with the confidence and capabilities to operate in any geographical or cultural context.
With more creativity and collaboration, and greater in-class engagement in a supportive and connected environment, CHAC students benefit from whole-brain learning, tailored to their individual needs and development.
Because Next Practice is driven by neuroscience research, next-generation ICT, and leading-edge educational research, this flexible and evolutionary methodology constantly leads contemporary practice.
CHAC's rigorous and supportive Professional Development (PD) program for staff ensures a high degree of professionalism across the College, and best practice – i.e. Next Practice – in the classrooms. The PD program at CHAC emphasises pedagogy over technology, to ensure that all staff are appropriately prepared to effectively utilise the range of digital technologies that underpin Next Practice.
In line with the College’s Strategic Plan, we will continue to encourage initiative and a sense of adventure in our Staff and Council, and escalate the momentum of our Next Practice philosophy and principles. In 2018/19, CHAC will:
- Continue to embrace the Art and Science of Teaching as our pedagogical framework
- Undertake probationary reviews for all new staff, and support them through lesson observations, and peer, manager and student reviews
- Uphold our status as a Centre of Excellence for pre-service teachers
- Continue the Peer Observation program as staff undertake Professional Reflection, Review and Development
- Continue to expect the highest possible standards from it staff.