Only one in three teachers qualified to teach new compulsory computing subjects

Interesting article from The Age.

This is a huge problem and one of the many reasons behind this initiative at Collingwood College. So far I have provided professional learning to primary and high school teachers through many workshops and supervision of Master of Education students.


summer holidays

School is out for summer, and the Creativity Club is taking a break. We plan to continue the art from scrap competition when students return to school late January. In a recent meeting with the principal, we have been allocated a new space, a smaller room directly opposite the canteen area, across the courtyard. This will require better management of space and equipment, and the moving of all resources to the new space, but will help to raise our exposure as the room is highly visible to all. Hopefully, we can rally the team to help with the move.

Other news. We are waiting upon the results of a grant application that will assist us to improve the space, purchase equipment, provide more access to the creativity club and assist the teachers at Collingwood to implement the digital literacies curriculum. Hopefully, we will know the results within the next few week. Fingers crossed. In the event that the application is not successful, we will be looking at other avenues for funding the Creativity Club. Suggestions thus far include, applying for a Spring Fair Fund, and bringing in external, paying children, parents and teachers for set activities and professional learning.

A parent has alerted me to the great work at the Super Science club at Westgarth Primary school. The organiser also runs workshops for kids over the summer break. If anyone is interested in any of the activities being offered there but is unable to attend please let me know as we may be able to organise something through collaboration or otherwise.

I have also stumbled across this great resource for primary school art teachers and students.

The great creative work accomplished by many students in the Creativity Club may be included in a publication. I will keep you posted. The work has been acknowledged as being exceptional and has caught the attention of international experts in the field. Well done everyone.

Our 3D printer has arrived. Hopefully I will get the opportunity and time to test it and have it ready before the school year commences.

Enjoy the break and stay safe.