In 2006, the College Board made the decision to become involved in the IDEAS process with the Universityof Southern Queensland. IDEAS is a process of school renewal that involves the whole school community at all levels in discovering existing strengths and the challenges facing it in the future. Through the process, teachers, parents and students identify values that are shared and a direction that is designed to take the College in to the future. Together, teachers and students develop an approach to teaching and learning that is the basis for all learning experiences within the College.
The IDEAS process has five distinct Phases, linked in a conceptual sequence. These are the questions we address at each stage.
Who will facilitate the process? How will we manage the process? Who will record the history of our journey?
What are we doing that is most successful? What is not working as well as we would like?
What do we hope our school will look like in the future? What is our conceptualisation of school-wide pedagogy?
How will we create a tripartide action plan? How will we work towrads the alignment of school processes?
What progress have we made towards school-wide pedagogy?
IDEAS is an approach to school revitalisation that the College has undertaken. It is a research based framework for enhancing school outcomes.
In partnership with the University of Southern Queensland, the College Board embarked upon the process for enabling change withing the college. (The following is a link to the IDEAS website where the principles and practices are available to read.)
St Edmund's College continues on the journey of renewal with the IDEAS process. This process is being driven by the Ideas School Management Team, (ISMT) that meets regularly. Parallel leadership is the basis for the IDEAS process and consequently the ISMT is made up of teachers from all levels in the College as well as senior management and the Principal. Student in-put is also highly valued and the student Academic Committee is involved in meetings and workshops.
The college has developed a set of pedagogical statements that express our intentions and beliefs about teaching and learning.
We challenge ourselves to expand on our ideas and our own learning. We see potential barriers as opportunities for innovation. We approach all challenges critically and analytically. We expect nothing less than our personal best in all that we do so that our individual and collective potential is realised.
We collaborate with other professionals to provide a learning environment of excellence. We share ideas and co-operate within faculties and across faculties. Students collaborate with one another and work in groups and ensembles. Team-work, discussion and debate are valued and encouraged. Students take an active part in directing their own learning. The knowledge, skills and experiences of parents and community are sought and are valued as an integral part of the students learning. We respect the perspectives of others.
We create a learning environment that encourages experimentation and exploration of ideas. All faculties encourage creative thinking and students are given opportunity to expand their understandings and to express their ideas in creative ways.
We contemplate our place in the world and encourage students to approach all subject areas with a sense of wonder. We provide quiet times for prayer and for reflection. We teach students to be good listeners and to invite enquiry in search of meaning and truth.
We connect with each other and with the world by personal relationships and via emerging technologies. The teaching and learning in the classroom is applicable to real world situations and students are encouraged to take advantage of all resources available. We connect with local, national and international communities and we support those who are underprivileged. We look after others and are sensitive to those with different cultures or backgrounds. We are inclusive in the Edmund Rice tradition.