Towards the end of 2020, during the unprecedented challenges of COVID and when the students were back onsite, I received such an email.
Clearly there was a concern, however, direct reference to and a quote taken from our school vision statement were a joy to behold. We received "open and honest" feedback (one of our core values) aligned to our school wide vision. A member of the community was indicating that they related to our vision and were holding fast to it come what may.
Empowerment, passion and unified purpose (staff feedback about the process) 16 April 2018Staff Generate Future Focussed Vision & Core Values for ALL Learners (27 April 2018) Summary of shared vision and values.
Active participation and deep reflection stimulated by the Edward's and Martin Delivering Innovation Conference (June, 2018) led to the creation of a video. The personal challenge was to succinctly capture two full days of powerful learning in a three minute animated video to share with others.
This sums up the approach we are taking as part of the Schools That Deliver Process.
PAUSE & REFLECT
2020 Covid ? Disruption? Comfort zones ? Creativity ? Innovation ?
Conference to reality ; shift happens together 17 Aug 2018 4 Research teams and practice fields
Practice Fields Lead to Quick Wins for Learners 11 Nov 2018. Shared outcomes of Practice Fields
Specific Focus Review Through a Core Values Lens 2 May 2019
We will use the core values as the lens through which we gather data for the review. The values were chosen by staff in 2018 as the five key ways to treat each other at our school. The values link to the CEM Horizons of Hope curriculum with a clear focus on honouring the sacred dignity of the human person. If we concentrate on the human element, we will build a sense of belonging and increase student wellbeing data whilst contributing to a natural lift in academic standards.
Just as all schools include Child Safety on every meeting agenda, we agreed to include the word "faith" in all of our teams. We want to ensure that the Catholicity of our school is kept at the forefront of all that we do.
The first sentence of our shared school vision states: St Patrick's is a school where our Catholic identity underpins all we do. Our new School Improvement Plan reflects this innovative approach. Once a week after school, two POL leaders from within each team work alongside staff to achieve the annual actions developed by teams from the School Improvement Plan.
Source evidence based research.
Work in practice fields and trial innovations and interventions.
Action authentic cycles of deep inquiry.
The knowledge is in us all.
Slower is faster and less is more.
Move forward and deeply through powerful questions.
Listen, listen and listen.
Be outward facing through active participation in the following networks and collectives: RE Network, RE Collective, STEM Network, SWIF (School wide Improvement)