20 October 2017

What’s the Secret to Students’ Success?

It’s a good question and very much on the radar this week with Open Day. Many parents visited Tangara in search of the answer. I always emphasise that it starts with them. There’s a lot of research to confirm the significant influence of parents on student achievement. Professor John Hattie’s 15-year study is one detailed analysis. Parental involvement includes setting goals together; showing enthusiasm for learning; promoting good study habits; asking questions; and enjoying reading. The greater parent’s involve themselves in their children’s education, the greater success in school: better results and attendance; more homework completed; more positive attitudes and behaviour; higher graduation rates; and increased enrolment in tertiary education.

Of course, Tangara is founded on the conviction that parents are the primary educators of their children. Our Tutorial System is a unique way to foster the crucial school-parent partnership which looks beyond academics to the enduring success of strong, well balanced character.

Quality Teaching = Better Learning

The other significant influence on students’ academic achievement is probably obvious: the quality of teaching. That’s easier said than done! It involves building a professional growth culture where teachers themselves are continually learning and improving. This week our teachers have been considering Tangara’s annual performance and development cycle. It involves reflection and goal setting based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Our appraisal cycle identifies the strengths and achievements of our teachers and aims to support their career aspirations. Our teachers work towards their personal improvement goals with targeted professional learning and feedback. There is strong evidence that better appraisal strengthens teacher expertise, for the benefit of every student.

What’s the Secret to Students’ Success?

It’s a good question and very much on the radar this week with Open Day. Many parents visited Tangara in search of the answer. I always emphasise that it starts with them. There’s a lot of research to confirm the significant influence of parents on student achievement. Professor John Hattie’s 15-year study is one detailed analysis. Parental involvement includes setting goals together; showing enthusiasm for learning; promoting good study habits; asking questions; and enjoying reading. The greater parent’s involve themselves in their children’s education, the greater success in school: better results and attendance; more homework completed; more positive attitudes and behaviour; higher graduation rates; and increased enrolment in tertiary education.

Of course, Tangara is founded on the conviction that parents are the primary educators of their children. Our Tutorial System is a unique way to foster the crucial school-parent partnership which looks beyond academics to the enduring success of strong, well balanced character.

Quality Teaching = Better Learning

The other significant influence on students’ academic achievement is probably obvious: the quality of teaching. That’s easier said than done! It involves building a professional growth culture where teachers themselves are continually learning and improving. This week our teachers have been considering Tangara’s annual performance and development cycle. It involves reflection and goal setting based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Our appraisal cycle identifies the strengths and achievements of our teachers and aims to support their career aspirations. Our teachers work towards their personal improvement goals with targeted professional learning and feedback. There is strong evidence that better appraisal strengthens teacher expertise, for the benefit of every student.

Good Luck!

We wish all the best to our Tangara athletes competing next week in the Hills Zone Junior Tennis, IPSHA Gymnastics and the Hills Zone Triathlon. Good Luck also to our team of Secondary students competing tomorrow in the annual Festival of Speech at Tara.

We wish all the best to our Tangara athletes competing next week in the Hills Zone Junior Tennis, IPSHA Gymnastics and the Hills Zone Triathlon. Good Luck also to our team of Secondary students competing tomorrow in the annual Festival of Speech at Tara.

Dr Katrina George
Principal

 

 

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