As the summer now is here in full swing, I am very excited to be planning for the new academic year that will start in August.
Since my arrival in May, I have had many conversations with students, staff and parents about the school and the way we need to move forward. From these conversations and with the addition of my own experience and beliefs as a school leader, I have found these points below to be essential to restore the learning environment and keep developing the school.
- Teaching and Learning must be at the center of everything we do, this means that disturbances in the classroom need to handled effectively and transparently through a warning system that all students and staff are aware of. This will be in effect from August when the students arrive back from break.
- Learning must be focused around progression and effort, because if students think they are either smart or not smart, they will not develop the grit or resilience they will need to learn to master anything of value.
- There has to be absolute accountability for behaviour. If students are not taught the value of accepting consequences for breaking rules or treating others badly, they will not be prepared for life outside of school as they grow up.
- We as a school must communicate to all stakeholders in a more timely and efficient way, it is only through transparency we build trust and relationships.
Mr Ö. Huhta