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Thursday, July 26, 2018

One of the roles I hold is the Independent Schools’ Representative for Queensland on the Australian Primary Principals’ Association. This association has representation from the State, Catholic and Independent Sector in every state and we meet every 12 weeks to discuss issues from a federal perspective in relation to Australian Primary Schools. Issues which come up at most meetings are NAPLAN and its relevance, NAPLAN on line and the ability of some schools to have sufficient hardware to cope with it, a child’s ability to participate fully in NAPLAN especially once on line, funding fairness, teacher preparedness (we discuss ways for teachers to be trained to cope with a modern teaching environment), indigenous issues in education, report cards and emerging trends and many other primary school related issues. Over the past two meetings we have been hearing from a psychologist by the name of Professor Frank Oberklaid. Professor Oberklaid’s longitudinal studies are demonstrating the things which are most important for children to thrive in our world. He argues that as much early intervention as possible allows for the best longitudinal results. Much of his work is relevant to 0 – 3 year old but I think it has relevance right up to our 12 year olds. Professor Oberklaid’s main suggestions are summarised in a program entitled Thrive with Five and I list them here for your consideration. Professor Oberklaid contends that if parents and schools work together on these five issues, then a child will thrive.  ...Read More