From the Principal's Desk

Let Me Think

 

When you are posed with a tricky problem or difficult question, what do you immediately start doing?  You get thinking - and you don’t even think about it. Researchers have found that people, on average, have between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts every single day.  That’s a lot of thinking!  Whilst the practice of thinking happens a great deal at school, we also want to ensure that students are effectively taught critical thinking skills - how to think - and demonstrate these skills to teachers, pastors or to parents.

 

In 2020, Heritage College will launch a new initiative ‘thinking skills’ programme, delivered to the entire school, that students from Prep right through to Year 12 will benefit from.  The ‘Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment’ is a comprehensive thinking skills programme designed to be used in the classroom and also at home.

 

 

What is involved in the programme?

This innovative programme is designed to improve general thinking practice, metacognition, and student engagement.  Students will be exposed to thinking skills lessons, and students of all levels will be taught how to:

 

  • scan for information properly and quickly
  • analyse data competently
  • answer difficult questions confidently
  • label difficult words and then to understand the sentence, and much more.

An information evening for families will prepare your child/ren for the program, and also provide you with an opportunity to develop great thinking skills at home. Our school calendar will also be undergoing an adjustment to accommodate staff training in this area. Please note the dates for staff professional development (Student Free Days):

 

TERM 1 - Week 5:  Monday, 24th of February. Student Free Day - Day 1 of training in FIE.

 

TERM 2 - Week 1:  Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April 2020.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal