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The Future of Education – RE-IMAGINE!


Welcome back to Term 3!

We welcome our new and several returning families joining our wonderful community on both campuses this term. We also welcome back Mrs Kylee Macmichael, returning from long service leave, and new and returning staff members: Mr Tom Cullen (Year 6), Mr Matthew Davey (Science/Mathematics), Mr Jake Davis (Junior HPE), Mrs Natalie Houston (nee Victor) (Head of Pastoral Care, Middle & Senior Years), Mrs Julie Swift-Hoadley (Junior teacher assistant) and Mrs Deb Wamsley (Year 6) to Team Trinity. I will be somewhere in Europe for my long service leave when you read this blog but look forward to catching up with you all in week 4!

Education has been a hot topic in the news lately particularly when government funding for education was being discussed and debated in parliament. Now that the new funding bill has been passed, we can turn our focus on how to best educate our young charges such that they feel valued and supported in their school environment, and respectful of the role that they play in our close-knit community, in society, and in our country. They will be the ones to maintain Australia’s global leadership position politically, financially, socially and environmentally, into the future.

Recently Price-Waterhouse Cooper, a large multinational firm, announced that they would recruit talent directly from high schools and train them according to their specific ways of working, effectively skipping the tertiary education stage. I quote from their Australian website,“Traditionally, there has only been one route to a career in professional services. University. Degree. Career. But things have changed. The world of business is changing, and there are now opportunities available to you straight out of school.”There were several articles world-wide espousing the notion that the purpose of shopping malls has been evolving. The main assertion was that mall operators need to reinvent themselves to offer customer “entertainment” during shopping. The writers maintained that malls are now seen as a place of entertainment, rather than just for “retail therapy”. Schools such as ours need to be fully aware of and responsive to changes such as these. As an educational institution, we need to keep abreast of the changes in the world and nimble and responsive to those shifts that will impact on our students’ future as regards work and life so that our graduates have bright prospects and pathways after Year 12.

The future of Australian job growth is driven by three forces, namely population growth, aging population and changing technologies, according to Dr Kathie Barnes, Director of Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Workforce Development (Mack, 2013). According to the Federal Employment Department, these drivers of employment growth in the next 8 to 10 years, will drive growth in health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services and education and training industries in Australia. The areas of lowest growth will be sales workers, labourers and machinery drivers and operators as a result of online shopping and automation in many industries. Other routine low-skilled occupations that computers and machines cannot replace such as cooking, cleaning, building or driving would also see increased demands for labour.

Globally, growth industries include advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning and advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics as reported by World Economic Forum (2016). This report advocated that the education system needs rethinking to change the 20th century silo training to re-imagined 21st century learning moving the focus to content of learning rather than the dichotomy between disciplines.

At Trinity, we began the re-imagined journey two years ago, and continue to nurture and empower each learner to develop their own unique gifts and talents. We develop the 21st century soft skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as well as developing their personal and social competencies such as leadership, resilience, mindfulness and global connectivity. Our flexible classrooms and teaching and learning framework anchored by our core values of respect, service, community and personal excellence will stand our children in good stead for their future, both from a work and life point of view.

Mrs Tsae Wong, Principal.

Reference:

Mack, M. (2013, December). Future of work: The top jobs in 2025. Retrieved from http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2013/12/10/top-jobs-2025/

Anonymous (2017). Higher apprenticeship program.

http://www.pwc.com.au/student-careers/higher-apprenticeship-program.html

Anonymous (2016 January). The future of work: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Geneva: World Economic Forum. Retrieved from

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_FOJ_Executive_Summary_Jobs.pdf



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