The College farewelled our Year 12 students last week at a lovely Farewell Morning Tea and Chapel. It is always a great privilege to share this significant time with students and their parents and a great testament to the years of work – school and home in partnership – which produces these fine young leaders as they prepare to embark on their next chapter. Please join me in continuing to pray for them over the next few weeks and into 2018 during this significant time.
Interestingly, I was reading a recently published report by the Foundation for Young Australians entitled ‘Thriving in the New Work Order 2017’. In it more than 20 billion hours of work by Australia’s 12 million workers was analysed to understand the skills required by future work roles and how this will change by 2030.
Key change areas are:
Learning – Australian workers will spend a third of their time at work learning, representing a 30% increase. Workers will be required to react quickly to new information and technology with a continuous learning focus as part of their everyday engagement.
Thinking – Future workers will need to be excellent problem solvers and communicators. Problem-solving skills will be used for 12 hours per week [up 90%] and critical thinking for 15 hours [up 40%]. Verbal communication and interpersonal skills will be needed for 7 hours [up 17%]. Workers will also need to better utilise their scientific, mathematical and technological knowledge. Mathematical and science knowledge will be used for 9 hours a week [up 80%] and advanced technology skills for 7 hours [up 75%].
Doing – Workers of the future will need to be more self-directed and entrepreneurial – not relying on being managed or told what to do. On average people will be working without a manager for 3 more hours per week, will receive 1 hour less instruction and rely on organisational coordination with colleagues and superiors for 2 fewer hours.
As parents and educators this information is a timely reminder and a challenge to schools. Particularly when we note that nearly one in three young people are currently unemployed or under employed.
In 2030, the Foundation for Young Australians predicts:
- 30% more time each week learning new skills
- 40% more time using critical thinking
- 80% more time using science and maths
- 16% less time with colleagues
- 10% less time teaching
- 26% less time management
As the class of 2017 prepares to leave school and enter the workforce and further education, I am reminded by this report that the students we welcome to Investigator College in Reception next year will form the graduating class of 2030.
Wellbeing and Community Development
Our Wellbeing and Community Development team have commenced a process of review of this important area of the College in order that priorities and goals for 2018 can be set.
You will recall that this was targeted as a significant area for attention and development over 2017 and we have enjoyed a number of events and functions throughout the year. In particular our Parent Seminars [Anxiety in our Children and Cyber Safety with the Carly Ryan Foundation] and Community Events [Plaza Sessions and Cocktail Evenings]. Members of the College community will have an opportunity to respond and make suggestions as part of this process as we look toward 2018.
Goolwa Campus Update
I am aware of a number of concerns regarding the arrangements for our R-6 students at the Goolwa Campus in 2018. As communicated last term, please be assured that the College Board is committed to a sustainable and innovative Goolwa R-6 offering.
An R-6 Parent Information Evening will take place at the Goolwa Campus on the evening of Wednesday 8 November at 7:00pm to provide an overview of the program offerings and provide an opportunity for questions and concerns to be addressed.
Mr Don Grimmett