Perfect Day…

lou reed

…Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow

In the week that Lou Reed the innovative, ground breaking musician passes on it is a timely reminder of how people; individuals and groups can make a difference and leave a mark on the world.

The lyrics above highlight the strength of my feelings in regards to the opportunity, journey and ground breaking steps we are making in preparation for the opening of HPSS 2014. I feel like today was a huge mark in this journey as the Specialised Learning Leaders emerged from their cave to present us with the structures they have developed to enable the Specialised Learning Modules. I have a hunch that I may not be the only one musing at this moment over the enormity of what we saw today. I felt inspired and empowered by the flexible structures they have put in place, where not only will the learners be co-constructing their learning, the teachers as learners, will also be negotiating and co-constructing the teaching and learning programme within the big modules, small modules and spin off modules.

It was a “perfect day” on multiple levels. Firstly seeing the structures being placed into hypothetical application. The excitement around the potential of what could be was clearly obvious to all in the room. The back channel on twitter was alight and there was virtual and physical handstands in action. This was taken a step further as we moved into our cross curricular teams to start the ball rolling with what that may look like in our teaching teams. Each team allowed the autonomy to develop as they see fit. The dialogue about how the team saw “identity” as a concept had both depth and breath as everyone sparked off each other.

This was developed further as we moved back to curriculum areas to throw ideas around. The time went so fast and people were struggling to draw themselves away from the inspired conversations they were having. We came back as a group and saw how the team had cleverly taken us through a mini version of the planning process we will be undergoing prior to each term for the cross curricular modules. Cindy reminded us that we also need to be mindful of allowing support through the possibility of big questions and allowing learners to move from there, bringing us back to not driving the learning to far and waiting for student voice, this was perceptive and timely.

Maurie was on a high as we all were, he reminded us that we need to not take these moments for granted, how we are right at the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of what education should and can be. He also reminded us that this is one of the three components of our HPSS curriculum. The “hubs”, “big projects and passion projects” are held on equal pegging. These aspects will also bring the vision and values of the school to life to ensure we… “create a stimulating, inclusive learning environment which empowers learners to contribute confidently and responsibly in our changing world.”

Maurie must feel proud of the team he has developed and I believe that everyone in the team, felt it shift to another level today. The innovation and work ethic of the SLL team is amazing. I know I keep going on about it, but I feel very, very, very lucky to be a part of this awesome team of inspiring, innovative and boundary pushing colleagues. As Di has said in the past, this is a once in a life time opportunity. Today really drummed that belief firmly into my mind. Di, Steve, Lisa, Kylie and Jill made the vision seem tangible today in a way I have not felt it before, they should be extremely pleased with where they have taken the curriculum and where they are taking us. I hope that as a team Megan, Yaz, Lea and I can continue this in the “hubs” and I know that the awesome Sarah is well on track! The professional learning team of Claire, Danielle, Ros, Cindy and Georgi and the project team of Sarah, Pete, Martin, Liz and Bryce are also developing their aspects of the HPSS PLC and we all grow as we learn from each other. They are making huge inroads to the “Big Project development”, partnerships and potential to amplify knowledge to another level. The hope of cohesion seems a reality. Still a work in progress, waiting for further co-construction from SLT, teachers, and learners, the excitement builds. The hard work that has been going on in caves, corners, beanbags and outside the four walls aligned today on this “perfect day” and we are definitely showing it is true…”You’re going to reap just what you sow”.

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