At our Open School Committee meeting last night we were discussing what the future could look like for the children who are currently here at KCS. While it seems quite daunting to build into a future we are uncertain about, it is also an exciting prospect … what adventures and opportunities await our children!?
The teaching and learning today are preparing children for a future that is unknown, and the only certainty is that things are uncertain and ever-changing. We should encourage our children to dream big - for who knows who will be the one creating the next technological device that will impact society on a large scale, a mode of transport that sees travel take on a whole new dimension or a service that changes the world as we know it … the opportunities are endless!
Did you know that there are jobs in existence today that we’d not heard of a decade ago!? One estimate suggests that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that aren’t on our radar yet. The change in our world is such a rapid one and so our aim is to prepare our students for a future that is, at this stage, unknown.
Today we have Youtube content creators, Uber drivers, drone operators, bloggers and vloggers and sustainability managers. Who could have imagined these jobs 30 years ago and who knows what tomorrow will bring?
As we teach (and learn) that failing is not the end but an opportunity to try again, to dust ourselves off, get back up and give it another go since the reality is that the failure would lie in giving up. We learn resilience, we learn persistence, we build character through the sum of all the experiences that await us. Lifelong learning will be critical to successfully staying on top of things and we will need a greater ability to learn how to learn, to problem solve, to think critically and creatively, and to be resilient in the face of fast-moving change. We want our students to develop the ability to invent original solutions, to collaborate, to respond positively to change and to display flexibility of mind. We want to build a generation of thinkers, innovators and contributors.
Proverbs 4:23 reads, “Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.” and so we also strive to find those teachable moments where we can speak into the heart because good things flow from a sincere heart. We want the traits of kindness, compassion, building into others and standing tall in the face of adversity to be part of the learning experience at Kalamunda. Ultimately, we want our children to make a difference wherever they find themselves; we want them to be the difference.