Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 29 May 2019

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“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

Ella Fitzgerald

I am sure that our Junior Primary children who sang last night at the Choir Festival at The Wykeham Collegiate, would agree with Ella Fitzgerald. The audience would also certainly agree. This week is certainly a week of singing as our Senior Primary Choir participates in the Epworth Choir Festival this evening.

This newsletter will certainly go down as one of the shortest written by me. With mid-term break having just ended, there is not too much on which to reflect since last week’s newsletter…I trust that the mid- term break was a special one for you all.

I came across this very short and interesting article, based on the work done by researcher Andreas Schleicher who leads the Programme for International Student Assessment, in the UK. The article touches on his comments and reflects what he told a House of Commons inquiry.

Mr Schleicher’s work includes significant research into the fourth industrial revolution – the influence of technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence on society. He believes that British schools largely regard skills as inferior to knowledge, and can be very focused on traditional tasks such as memorisation.

These are challenges that we face in South Africa and in our education too – ensuring that we do not neglect “teaching and nurturing” the skills needed to help our children thrive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world: collaboration, creativity, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving (to name a few).

I enjoyed Mr Schleicher’s comment that,” the modern world doesn’t reward you for what you know, but for what you can do with what you know.” The link to the short article is:
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2019/arts-teaching-become-important-maths-tech-based-future-education-expert/?fbclid=IwAR1WxEYHCwyR0Fz05-TOYENvTgOEmXlT_EJ2Fp2FAK2SRmL0QuPTjXd0f78

I wish you well for the week ahead!
Kind regards.

VIKTOR KURZ
HEADMASTER