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SSC Newspaper : September 2012
Twitter and Facebook,” she explains. “ What I’m looking forward to the most is that all Year 7 students have iPads and seniors are starting to bring their own devices to school and for that, the emphasis has to be on how to use that technology. That is something I’m hoping to bring with me to Santa Sabina.” As an inner west mother, Herrett understands the cultural diversity of the area. And one of the most important aspects of a student’s life at school is the involvement of parents in the day-to-day running of their school. What she wants to achieve is to continue to increase Santa Sabina’s parental involvement. “It is absolutely crucial that we get to know the parents,” she says. “In primary school, parents often feel more accessibility to their child's school. For example, at MLC, parents can come in and be assistants in the classroom. But as the children get older, parents often start to feel more distant from the school. “ We have such a culturally diverse group of parents that we have to find ways that are culturally sensitive. We have to go out into communities to find ways for them to come to the school so we can both formally and informally network with them.” At the end of the day Herrett, who has been in the education system for around 30 years, says teaching is about helping students develop a strong identity for themselves. “I would hope that I can produce a student that can think beyond herself, someone who sees that she can make a difference and have an impact,” she says. “It is important that my students leave school with a sense of optimism – I want them to be smart in many ways.” www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 23 life "It's important that my students leave school with a sense of optimism – I want them to be smart in many ways." – Santa Sabina's new principal Maree Herrett system are growing up in what she deems as a “coaching college” culture, and she says she many pupils now suffer from high anxiety pressures brought on by their peers and parents. But Herrett says the pressure to perform well academically is not the sole purpose of schooling. It is about her students going out into the world as well-rounded people. “Kids are suffering from high anxiety and it’s often about pleasing parents and in turn, parents feeling pressured from other parents,” she says. “Though it’s something hard to stop all together, it would be discouraged. “The most important type of education we can give students is to equip them with the skills and capacity to deal with other problems in life. What kind of education are kids getting if they are just doing rather than knowing? School should be a good struggle.” After spending nearly a decade at MLC, which is considered to be a technologically- advanced school, Herrett understands that students are learning in an age where social networking is in every aspect of their lives. “Kids have smart phones, tablets and laptops so we’ve based our education around how they can use it,” she says. “ We’ve deliberately set up social networking sites around education. “ We’ve used Twitter for the students to join in discussions, and the year 12 students have set up their own Facebook group.” What Herrett plans to bring to Santa Sabina at the start of her tenure is a more open policy to social networking so students are well equipped to understand the technological world. “Santa Sabina has a bit more of a closed policy when it comes to social networking but they are moving towards a more open use of things like Former Santa Sabina students who’ve made it big old girls Monica attard ABC senior broadcaster; Media Watch host terry Biviano Shoe designer Margaret cunneen Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor carMen duncan Actress Paula duncan Actress aMelia Farrugia Opera singer Kerry doyle Miss Australia 1975 cynthia Mitchell Paralympic downhill skier Julia Morris Actress/comedienne susie ParK Chamber violinist yvonne strahovsKi Actress siMone thurtell ABC sports broadcaster Santa Sabina students hail from a diverse range of backgrounds and are encouraged to embrace new technologies. CALL NOW 9743 5757 / 0412 851 302 Taekwondo world MarTial arTs 1st floor, 10-12 Parramatta Rd, Homebush. Opp imo Car Wash on George St, North Strathfield WWW.tkdWOrLd.COm.Au LeArN SeLf defeNCe LeArN ✔ Confidence ✔ discipline ✔ Concentration MarTial arTs for kids and adulTs Senior Classes, High School & Group Training ausTralia’s PreMier Taekwondo Club Full accredited coaches 2 weeks Training and nike uniforM free on joining
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