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BOLD PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL IS NOW ACCEPTING ENROLMENTS FOR 2015 FOR THREE YEAR OLD PROGRAMS THROUGH TO YEAR 12. THERE ARE LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE IN THREE TO FOUR YEAR OLD PROGRAMS FOR 2014
Wednesday
Mar052014

BOLD PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL OPEN DAY 3 MAY 1-3PM

This is your chance as a prospective parent to come and view the amazing environments that set Bold Park Community School  into a world of its own.  Come and converse with our incredible teaching staff about how we can work with you and your child to support them on their educational journey.  

There is no need to book but if you would like more information before the day, please contact us on        08 9387 5050.  

Friday
Feb282014

BOLD PARK PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH FOR  2014

A school has the responsibility not only to engage their community in the pursuit of academic skills but to promote an attitude of life long learning and thus keep the light alive in children’s eyes.
                                                                            Gillian McAuliffe, Founder Bold Park Community School 

 A CONVERSATION WITH BOLD PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL - 3 DAY STUDY TOUR

4-6 August 2014 9amm - 4.00pm Daily $339.00 inc GST

EDUCATED BY NATURE - PART ONE - ENGAGING THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Friday 16 May 2014 1.00pm - 4.00pm $79.00 inc GST

INTEGRATED CURRICULUM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL - IT'S CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS

Monday 26th May 2014 1.00pm - 4.00pm $79.00 inc GST

EDUCATED BY NATURE - PART TWO - ENGAGING THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Friday 6 June 2014 1.00pm - 4.00pm $79.00 inc GST

 

 

Friday
Feb282014

Young Learners Conference

Rhys George and I were privileged to attend the inaugural Young Learners Conference in Sydney on 1-3 of April.  This conference was convened to discuss the use of technology in early childhood classrooms and the family. We were asked to present as an example of best practise and we were thrilled to tell the stories of the integrated use of technology in our long term investigations. It was clear that we were using technology in a fundamentally different way than most of the participants and certainly at a level which the very knowledgable keynote presenters from the USA, UK and Australian Universities saw as ground breaking and innovative practise.

Our perspective on technology, which is grounded in our school philosophy, seeks to introduce technology to assist the children to understand, problem solve and create. Many other models of technology use in educational settings start with the technology and use technology for technology's sake.

We explained our lens on Technology as:

Technology as a lens to view the world.

Technology as a portal to obtain information.

Technology as a transformer, making abstract concrete.

Technology as a time machine, connecting to the past and to the future.

Technology as a companion to share discoveries.

Technology as an environment to enable learning

Technology as a transmitter to share and communicate with others

Technology as an open ended experience

We also reflected that in the Early Childhood Learning Community our students are touch technology natives

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Alan Kay, one of the first computer programmers defined technology as 'anything that was not around when you were born'. This has huge implications for us as educators and parents. We need to be mindful that our youngest citizens will see and experience the world differently than us and so we need to be supportive of them so they can achieve balance and harmony in their lives.

The feedback from the other participants again confirmed that we are leaders in our field and that what we do at Bold Park is admired and respected by those in the wider education community.

Thursday
Feb272014

Bold Park Community School - A Future School

I had the great pleasure in sharing the magic of Bold Park Community School at the Future schools Conference in Sydney last week. Paul Whitehead, Coordinator of Middle School and College attended the conference with me and we are delighted to confirm that the choices we have made at Bold Park Community School are the choices which other schools are just  ow beginning to make and recognise as important for students in the 21st Century. 

Schools of the future are looking at vertical grouping of students, social constructivist models, integration of curriculum, process orientated curriculum, more diverse learning environments, students centred learning and moving away from content laden curriculum to learning which acknowledges the modern tools available for acquisition of knowledge to a curriculum which develops the skills and understandings to learn and transfer learning.

It is important for us to also recognise that while learning skills and developing understandings there has to be content, with the vast amount of knowledge available to everyone at this time in history, common sense dictates that schools present diverse and different content so that in a community as a whole, holds the memories and knowledge we need to grow. All schools presenting the same content in a community is inviting a mono culture and a narrow collective memory.

After the two days at Future Schools I was able to attend the Reggio based Unpacking Place, Pedagogy and Documentation conference at MacQuarie University on Saturday.

It was an opportunity to connect with old friends of Bold Park and also listen to a wonderful range of speakers. I was particularly taken with Dr Karen Martin Associate Professor at Griffith University. Along with three other indigenous speakers Dr Martin presented an indigenous perspective on the notion of place which was sympathetic to the BPCS discussion of place in our school and community.

In two weeks Rhys and I will return to Sydney to present at another Conference. The conference is discussing the use of Technology in the Early Childhood setting.We will be attempting to present technology as a creative and reflective tool rather than a substitution for existing analogue tools. Much of the apps and programs being developed today for Early Childhood do not engage the children in thinking processes but we know it can be so much more than electronic worksheet.

Gillian McAuliffe