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Barossa schools leading the way

Barossa schools leading the way

On September 8, the public schools of the Barossa came together at Nuriootpa High School to learn how to better their student’s education. 

The schools attending are all members of the Barossa Valley Public School’s Partnership. 

Greenock, Keyneton, Light Pass, Angaston, Tanunda and Nuriootpa Primary School, Cambrai Area School, Nuriootpa High School and the pre-school learning centres of Angaston, Tanunda and Nuriootpa were all in attendance. 

On the day, Ms Val Westwell spoke, from the Department of Education Leadership Development Critical and Creative Thinking, and Professor Martin Westwell, of Flinders University.

Professor Westwell explained that the day provided local public schools with  the latest research and information about productive failure. 

“These teachers care about their kids, they care about their development, they care about their learning, but they want their kids to productively struggle,” he said. 

Professor Westwell explained that a prominent characteristic in South Australian children is ‘looking at a problem and not knowing how to do it.’

“As parents we all want our children to be successful and have an easy life, but that’s not necessarily setting them up for success” he said. 

Martin and Val were able to discuss and deliver the latest research to the entire Barossa Valley Public School’s Partnership. 

“One of the beauties of public education is that we are working as a united team for children that are six months of age, to children who are young adults,” said Principal of Angaston Primary School, Mr Sam Lawrence. 

Sam believes that it’s important to drive home a message of success. 

“This is another way of supporting leaders to drive home important messages about what we’re doing well, what areas we need to keep improving in and our delivery  of education in the classroom,” he said. 

Professor Westwell explains that the teachers are able to combine the relationships with their students and the latest research to “do something really special.”