A new design for learning’ 

In the devel­op­ment of the Annu­al School Improve­ment Plan, the focus for all mem­bers of the school com­mu­ni­ty iden­ti­fied the will for stu­dents at the school to per­form at and above the Nation­al Mean across the Cur­ricu­lum, with spe­cif­ic tar­gets estab­lished to achieve this goal with­in the life of this plan.

In fur­ther devel­op­ing the role of our stu­dents in map­ping the jour­ney towards this goal is the place of the CSPS Learn­ing Commission. 

Fol­low­ing the lead of schools with­in both The Har­ris Fed­er­a­tion’ and Knowl­edge is Pow­er Pro­gram (KIPP)’, cen­tral to the suc­cess of these mod­els is a clear and rig­or­ous process to engage the entire school com­mu­ni­ty in fram­ing the com­pe­ten­cies we val­ue, iden­ti­fy­ing spe­cif­ic ben­e­fits to our learn­ers and teach­ers through the co-cre­ation of prac­ti­cal enquiry and research (staff and stu­dents), a clear sense of the enti­tle­ments for every learn­er, teacher and the role of the cur­ricu­lum in pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op our core com­pe­ten­cies and final­ly, a clear and defined CSPS Design for Learn­ing’. This will ensure that senior lead­ers are held respon­si­ble and account­able for real­is­ing the enti­tle­ments and that improve­ment plans and pri­or­i­ties draw on this frame­work for devel­op­ing out­stand­ing learn­ing and teaching.

CSPS under­stands the impor­tance through ongo­ing part­ner­ships with the NT Music School (BEAT), Ten­nis Aus­tralia, AFL NT and the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force; Casua­r­i­na Street Pri­ma­ry School under­stands the impor­tance of col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­ers to ampli­fy suc­cess. As a school who have also expe­ri­enced great suc­cess through a sys­tem­at­ic and con­sis­tent School Wide Pos­i­tive Behav­iour Sys­tems Approach, the role of the Learn­ing Com­mis­sion would be to con­nect a range of exist­ing part­ner schools in the Kather­ine region with the impor­tance of this work; con­nect­ing lead­ers with NT and Aus­tralia wide exper­tise, empow­er­ing our stu­dent lead­ers to con­nect with schools across the Ter­ri­to­ry and chal­leng­ing the way we work to opti­mise our deliv­ery to pri­ori­tise the com­pe­ten­cies we recog­nise are crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of our students.

CSPS leads the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Learn­ing Com­mis­sion

Prin­ci­pals and Teach­ers from 16 Kather­ine and Dar­win schools includ­ing: Casua­r­i­na Street Pri­ma­ry School, Clyde Fen­ton Pri­ma­ry School, Kather­ine School of the Air, Kather­ine South Pri­ma­ry School and Mac­far­lane Pri­ma­ry School, Kather­ine High School, Manyal­laluk School and Ngukurr School came togeth­er to estab­lish a Learn­ing Com­mis­sion’ for the Kather­ine and Dar­win regions Learn­ing About Learn­ing NTLC 2017.

The Com­mis­sion lead­ers worked togeth­er to estab­lish the intend­ed Role, Pur­pose and Lega­cy of the work and planned for the next steps to come and the engage­ment, voice and agency of Stu­dent Com­mis­sion­ers to co-design and learn along­side school lead­ers to col­lec­tive­ly realise these aspirations.

The North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Learn­ing Com­mis­sion is an ambi­tious ini­tia­tive designed to build an improve­ment in stu­dent engage­ment, moti­va­tion and learn­ing across the region. It is about empow­er­ing young peo­ple and adults to work in part­ner­ship towards a key goal, to dis­cov­er and share what it means to make learn­ing both high­ly engag­ing and effec­tive and to con­nect ideas and inves­ti­ga­tion to pro­vide sup­port and moti­va­tion for oth­ers who are seek­ing to sup­port their stu­dents to meet their incred­i­ble potential.