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Music is alive and well in Term 2, and our JB students are relishing the opportunity to make music together once again. Some of the term highlights include:Peripatetic Music LessonsBack in full swing, it’s lovely to hear the Music Department filled with the sound of instrumental music lessons once again. Learning a musical instrument improves brain function, spatial awareness,..read more
Learning through digital media is nothing new at Alice Smith, just as in many modern schools, our teachers and students regularly interact using email, collaborative documents and a host of educational apps forming a rich, varied and innovative academic experience.
Moving to a fully digital programme is a challenge fraught with compromise and logistical pitfalls which can..read more
How many famous scientists can you name? Try it
Maybe your list includes Einstein, Hawking, Newton, Darwin, Fahrenheit, Boyle, Turing, Edison, Bohr, Tesla… but how many in your list were women?
Perhaps you named Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin or Marie Curie? Well done if you did!
It’s a telling point though that most of our most recognised scientists are men and the..
Learning is at the heart of everything we do and in this article Nicola Howard, our Associate Vice Principal and Head of Science and Design Technology, focuses on Mastery Learning and how we are developing this at Alice Smith Secondary School.
Mastery Learning or, as it was initially called ‘learning for mastery’ can be traditionally defined as an educational philosophy in..read more
Providing opportunities for students to have many different experiences from which they can learn is essential for schools that wish to support and encourage a growth mindset.
An expansive approach to learning gives students and staff the opportunity to actively engage in a diverse range of activities in the day to day curriculum and beyond the boundaries of the school..
Student engagement is paramount to the success of the child, teacher and the school as a whole. Individuals need to be enthralled in what they are learning in order to absorb the material in a way that lets them apply their knowledge in complex contexts and ask meaningful questions that foster interesting dialogue. This is the type of engagement practitioners should strive..
By David Potts, Vice-Principal, Learning & Teaching - Secondary Campus
Understanding the power of questioning in developing thinking skills, both through asking and being asked, is at the heart of learning. We spend a significant part of our education answering questions. We tentatively impart our knowledge, demonstrate our understanding and expound our interpretations of..
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’
Gone are the days when education was about a teacher imparting their knowledge on to their students. In order to be successful and ensure our students are equipped to thrive in an uncertain world, the most important thing we can teach our students are the learning habits needed to handle the unknown.
Imagine yourself as a student walking into your school, smelling the fresh air even inside the building. The way in which the walls are built to prevent the feeling of constriction. There’s open space everywhere you look, with chairs dispersed throughout the building in such a way that is pleasant to the eye, but also provides the freedom to sit whenever and wherever you..