|A Message from Chris McCorkell | Dean of Studies, Secondary|
In last week's edition of Dhanara, Mr Howard West made reference to the workshop undertaken by secondary staff on Monday 20 April on child protection practices and responsibilities. The workshop was led by Mrs Christine Waugh, one of the AISHK school counsellors.
For all employees at AISHK, the welfare and best interests of AISHK students is paramount. This is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all world signatories, including Australia and China, must abide with when legislating practices in relation to children.
The key aims of the workshop were:
- to ensure a proactive, whole school and co-coordinated response to student protection
- to consolidate knowledge of the issues regarding potential harm to students
- to clarify the boundaries of appropriate professional relationships and physical contact with students
- to consolidate the guidelines for reporting harm at AISHK
As would be expected for such an important issue, much discussion was had during the workshop. The outcome of the workshop is that the teachers have a greater understanding of their responsibilities in terms of how they should support an AISHK student who is at risk of harm or has been harmed in the past.
Also, on the first two days of the new term, the secondary English teachers participated in professional development conducted by Ann Small. This was Ann's second visit to AISHK. Previously, she helped implement the Junior English (Stages 4 and 5) components of the Australian Curriculum. On this occasion, Ann focused on the senior (Stage 6) courses. Ann is a highly credentialed consultant. She is a writer for the Australian Curriculum, has a very close relationship with the English Teachers' Association of NSW, has been a senior examiner for the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), teaches at various Sydney universities and has a wealth of classroom teaching experience.
On the first day, Ann explored the framework and possibilities of the language, literature and culture strands of the new senior curriculum. A unit of work was constructed with application for both senior and junior classes. Ann provided a toolkit of useful pedagogical skills as well as a set of resources that would engage students of different interests and abilities. The second day was dedicated to working with teachers of the various HSC courses: Extension 1, Advanced and Standard. The main thrust of this day was assessment. In particular, Ann helped structure examination papers and gave advice based on her personal experience of both constructing and marking papers for the Board of Studies.
We are privileged to maintain an ongoing professional relationship with Ann.
Dean of Studies, Secondary