Home' Maristian Magazine : June 2012 Contents Recent research highlights the fact that teachers are the single most
powerful influence on student achievement. With this in mind the College
embarked on QMTP in 2011. The goals of the Project were to define the
Quality Marist Teacher, to develop a Framework for reflection, establish a
culture of goal setting and planning for professional learning, and lead
into a process of review and development to:
• Evaluate effective teaching practices, particularly in the classroom,
• Identify our learning goals -where and how we can improve
individually and collaboratively,
• Build on what we have discovered,
• Affirm, share and celebrate our successes,
• All leading to improved learning outcomes for students
The Quality Marist Teacher is defined within the framework of five
domains: Being, Relating, Learning, Doing and Transforming. These
originate from the Marist document: A Charter of Leadership which was
developed to recognise that ‘we are all leaders.’ It recognises that the ‘art
of teaching’ is a highly sought after goal as staff strive to be at the leading
edge of their profession.
The next step was to develop a process of review and development so as
to empower teachers to learn from their colleagues, to analyse student
and school learning data, enhance learning and teaching practice and
improve the learning outcomes for students.
During 2011, the College carried out research into current performance
review or appraisal processes in schools in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
This, together with staff feedback, extensive research, input from Ben
Jensen from the Grattan Institute and consultant Amanda McKenzie, has
enabled the College to identify a process and methodology that suits our
A working party, led by Ms Carmel Luck, developed the PRIDE process
(Professional Reflection Inspiring and Developing Educators). High
quality teaching is essential to improving student learning outcomes and
PRIDE provides a process whereby teachers can reflect on their skills and
aptitudes as leaders, set meaningful goals and receive collegial feedback
that encourages professional learning and growth. The process is designed
to foster teacher improvement and development, identify opportunities
for learning, provide support where required, help teachers achieve their
full potential and improve the learning outcomes for students.
In 2012 the PRIDE process has consisted of:
• All teachers belong to a Learning Pod which is across subjects and
comprises both junior and senior school teachers. The purpose
of the Learning Pod is to develop a collaborative culture for staff
to learn, reflect, share, develop, measure and achieve professional
• The beginning of 2012 saw a trial of the PRIDE process by three pilot
• The Pilot Pods provided feedback to the rest of the teachers, who
commenced the process in Term 2.
• An exceptional student free day was used effectively to discuss
student outcomes and to set goals in collaboration with their
Learning Pod and a critical friend.
• Reflection on effective teaching practice has been a key component
of the process.
• Classroom observation by a critical friend, who is also a teacher, has
been the primary tool for the provision of feedback to teachers.
This initial process has been supported by the guidance and mentoring of
consultant Amanda McKenzie.
The results thus far are exciting. The renewed enthusiasm and passion of
teachers is evident in the variety of goals and the action being taken in
classrooms. Additionally, the College has received significant recognition
of the QMTP and PRIDE process in advance of the implementation of the
National Professional Standards for Teachers. In recognition of her role
in leading the College in the development of the QMTP, Ms Carmel Luck,
Assistant Head of School – Staff, has been seconded to the ACT’s Teacher
Quality Institute for the remainder of this year.
Teachers will report on their professional learning journey at the end
of this year and the PRIDE process will be an annual cycle of continual
reflection and learning.
Carmel Luck, Colleen Spence & Jane Pamenter
The Quality Marist Teacher Project (QMTP)
The focus of PRIDE is on the Learning – of teachers and students
Building on the success of Mission Day in the Junior School, the
Senior School spent the last day of Term 1 celebrating Service Day.
This event capped off the MAPS Lenten Appeal in grand style, with
a big emphasis on Service, Solidarity and fundraising. Staff and
students both commented on the tremendous school spirit felt
throughout the day at Marist. The Mini Vinnies and College Captains
ran a cake stall at Recess, which proved very popular with over 30
cakes generously donated by Marist families and teachers.
During House Group Time, students visited our Service Exhibition.
This featured 35 Service exhibitors, including the Red Cross, Night
Patrol, Marymead and student groups, amongst many others. All of
the exhibitors were very impressed by the boys manners and the
smooth running of the exhibition, stating they would be back next
time and how much they appreciated the exposure to the students.
They also enjoyed thought provoking presentations from Old Boys
who have made a difference overseas in a solidarity project. These
included Rob Whyte and Brother Bill, Callum Sandison, Liam King
and Conor Ashleigh.
Conor Ashleigh was a hit with a number of RE Classes who were
fortunate enough to participate in workshops throughout the
day, exploring social justice issues through his award winning
photography and experiences in international aid and development.
Service Day culminated in a carnival like atmosphere at lunchtime,
with over 20 stalls and activities. Students enjoyed everything, from
egg and spoon races to a boot throwing competition! What a great
way to finish our MAPS Lenten Collection. Congratulations to the
Service Captains and College Captains who all helped make this
great day a reality. Our thanks go also to all the students, families
and staff who donated to the MAPS appeal.
Dr Ben Jensen of the GRATTAN Institute, presenting to staff
The Maristian June 2012
The Maristian June 2012
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