LfG 17/18 Seminar 5 blog
The view from the James Leslie Council Chamber at Deakin
University set the tone for broadening our horizons around
education. This was our fifth seminar day and we met five inspiring
leaders in education.
Our theme of the day "Education and Training" saw us learn from
leaders who are passionate about how education leads to prosperity
and opportunity. Kean Selway (Chief Operating Officer at
Deakin University) showcased the purpose and passion of Deakin's
innovative delivery for educating tertiary students in Geelong, and
the importance of getting young learners to aspire to a university
Darren Gray (Deputy CEO at the Gordon) and Sarah Barth (Head of
Strategic HR at the Gordon) identified how the quality of
vocational education and training is equally important in
transforming our community. Bryan Timms (Manager at the Geelong
Industry Trade Training Centre) described how VCAL and VET programs
focus on traditional vocations and their ability to transition
students from school into what is expected in the workplace. His
students prepared a delicious lunch for us.
We then visualised Geelong's new Tech School model with
Director, Leanne Collins describing how local secondary school
students will be given unique opportunities to learn and use
technology to solve complex problems faced by industry. STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based subjects will be
a large part of our future and students will be given real life
problems to solve from eight industry clients.
Lastly our day saw us at Geelong Grammar School where they have
successfully embedded a positive psychology approach to education.
With the many challenges of being an adolescent, Charlie Scudamore
(Vice-Principal) delved unwaveringly into how they enable students
to make better decisions for their own wellbeing and prepare them
to embrace adulthood.
We rounded the day off with a screening of Ken Robinson's 2010
"Changing Educational Paradigms" which challenges our educational
approach. It suggests that education needs to change to ensure we
are meeting the productivity and wellness needs of individuals,
families and communities.