It is with great delight that I can reveal that Gippsland Grammar has been chosen to participate in a significant research-based improvement initiative with the University of Melbourne.
The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) comprises over 100 researchers from the disciplines of education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology, collaborating to better understand and improve learning. Established in 2013 and funded as an Australian Research Council Research Initiative, the Centre was led by the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.
The Science of Learning Schools Network aims to build a highly effective learning partnership between researchers, teachers and leaders in schools. The SoLSN, a professional learning network—often referred to as a Community of Practice—is designed to support our teachers to learn together, share best practice and drive improved learning outcomes.
The University will work closely with our School through Ms Monger, Mr Howard and I to share the Centre’s research findings, identify alignment between the Centre’s research and Gippsland Grammar’s priorities, and co-create new knowledge, as together we develop innovative approaches to using the research knowledge within our School.
Our invitation to participate in this program was based on a reference to the University by Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandouit, researchers who have been working with our staff this year. Sophie and Luke were so impressed by the work of our teachers that they felt that we should be part of the SoLSN, as one of only two independent schools invited to join.
Ms Monger, Mr Howard and I have already attended two network meetings, the most recent being with Professor John Hattie, who leads the SLRC. We will be presenting a project to the network at an all-day conference later this term.
This week there has been a great amount of media attention focussed on the Federal Government’s plan to implement the Gonski 2.0 funding model for all schools in Australia. This is a needs-based model that funds schools based upon the socio economic status of the community of each school and the needs of individual students within a school. In essence, the same model would be used for all non-government schools. As an underfunded school this is good news for Gippsland Grammar and we should be transitioning towards full funding by 2027. However, we will lose any benefits we currently experience from being part of a broader association like VESS – the Victorian Ecumenical System of Schools. This is a problem that our colleagues in the Catholic sector will also experience. The legislation for this funding model was put before the House of Representatives this week; I look forward to watching the debate unfold over the next few weeks.
I wish all of our St Anne’s parents well for tonight’s music trivia night. I hope that all of those great 80s tunes come flooding back from the memory vault; they will probably then stick in your mind on constant repeat for at least a week!