ICAS Competitions and applying our Learning
Earlier this week, I attended
a breakfast meeting with local Principals to hear Professor Martin Westwell (Chief Executive, SACE) speak
on the importance of critical thinking and being able to apply our knowledge in new contexts. As
you may know, learning the content and skills required to pass a school or university test does not always
translate into being able to use that knowledge to solve problems in the 'real' world. Interestingly,
the breakfast was part of our ongoing professional learning program for Principals; something that hopefully
helps us shape our schools in ways that better prepare young people for life beyond the classroom.
This week the participation of 34 of our Junior Years students has provided them with a great
opportunity to test their developing abilities in this area. The ICAS tests are designed to test
the ability of students to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving
skills. While ICAS provides strong recognition for the achievement of students, it has been my observation
over many years that those who are regular participants simply enjoy the challenge posed by this annual
competition. Congratulations to all of the boys who participated.
Hopefully, the recent long weekend has provided everyone with a little extra energy required to finish
the term strongly and making the most of the remaining three weeks of Term 3.
Finally, to finish
where we started the week; may the daily emergence of more blue skies fill us with wonder and joy.
May they also help to open our eyes and hearts to the many opportunities that we have to lighten the
load of those around us.
Best wishes for the week ahead.