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CIRCLE Staff Changes 2014
CIRCLE Head of School and Client Services secures prestigious independent school appointment
Dr Phil Cummins is pleased to announce that Gary Bruce, who is known to many CIRCLE clients through his work in New Zealand and Australia as Head of School and Client Services, has been appointed to the position of Head of Senior School at A.B. Paterson College in Queensland at the commencement of 2014.
"Gary has been a vital member of the CIRCLE team over the last two years and has a deep commitment and strong reputation in enabling students and staff to achieve the finest results. We are thrilled for him as he embarks upon this next phase of his career and wish him the very best as he moves to A.B. Paterson College."
(from left to right) Gary Bruce and Phil Cummins
Gary will be visiting A.B. Paterson College in early December 2013 to work with their Year 11 students, meet with their teachers and to familiarise himself with the school campus. The school looks forward to formally welcoming Gary in 2014.
CIRCLE Executive Associate joins Sydney University as trainee minister
Dr Phil Cummins is pleased to announce that Sebastian Lane, who has played a key role in consultancy and client support across CIRCLE, will be taking up an exciting new role in 2014 as a trainee minister at Sydney University. This will compliment his studies and provide vital experience for his vocation.
"Seb has been a crucial member of our team at CIRCLE dating back three years now. With an admirable work ethic and task-driven nature, Seb has been a highly productive Executive Associate supporting the work of the CIRCLE Managers and our broader network of clients. We are sad to see him go, but wish him only the best in his future."
Mark Treadwell was Principal Consultant at CIRCLE and contributed to many pedagogical, teaching and learning projects, where his thought leadership in the area of learning bought inspiration, direction and insight to communities of inquiry.
Mark continues to work on significant joint projects with CIRCLE, while developing his own consultancy portfolio and agency, The Paradigm Shift. To further develop his research and agency in this area he has resigned from the role of Principal Consultant to CIRCLE.
We wish Mark all the best in his endeavours, thank him for his contribution to CIRCLE and look forward to working on combined projects in the future that further builds excellence in communities of inquiry to improve outcomes for more learners.
Education For The Future - An International Seminar
CIRCLE is delighted and proud to have partnered with the Wee Kim Wee Centre to host Education For The Future - An International Seminar at Singapore Management University (SMU) on 24 - 26 October 2013.
Developed as a concept through the shared educational vision of Dr Kirpal Singh, Director - Wee Kim Wee Centre, and Dr Phil Cummins, Managing Director - CIRCLE, the common starting point for the International Seminar was our understanding of education as the main driving force for progress and growth. In large communities and small, remote places and huge cities, everywhere human beings have placed special emphasis on acquiring knowledge and developing intellectually. In many societies, education has been the main solution to getting out of poverty and a low-level standard of living.
With the advent of the Internet Age, however, education is now under tremendous pressure to eke out new modalities - both of pedagogy as well as "content". The old, familiar systems, models and platforms no longer provide adequate nourishment and challenge. Megatrends now indicate that we are all in desperate need of a thorough change in terms of how we study, teach and learn, and what we learn, teach and study.
This small and focussed International Seminar on Education For The Future brought a diverse group of people together to engage in a vigorous, frank and open discussion about what is involved and how we can start to be ready to embrace fundamental changes. CIRCLE was excited and affirmed by the diversity in attendees as well as speakers at the Seminar, ranging from Singaporean Members of Parliament to esteemed international journalists to Principals, presidents and other educational leaders. We are enthused by the quality of exciting, interesting and engaging ideas explored by many at the Seminar and encourage good friendships and lasting bonds between us going forward.
(from left to right) Dr Phil Cummins, Managing Director - CIRCLE; Lim Biow Chuan, Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) on Education; Dr Kirpal Singh, Director - Wee Kim Wee Centre.
AHISA Biennial Conference
CIRCLE has been delighted to continue its support of AHISA through our strategic partnership and sponsorship of this year's AHISA Biennial Conference, hosted at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne from 30 September - 3 October.
We have enjoyed meeting and speaking with many of the schools we work with and who subscribe to the CIRCLE publications. A highlight of the conference was the dinner held at the stunning venue of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Photographed below is Brian Savins, Principal of Clayfield College in Brisbane, and Maria Woods, Principal of Sunshine Coast Grammar School and also one of our resident writers for CSM learn, prior to the start of the dinner at the MCG. We hope all delegates leave the Biennial Conference enriched by the learning experience.
The CIRCLE KnowledgeNET Conference: A Success!
CIRCLE extends its warm message of appreciation to all those who attended and supported the 2013 CIRCLE KnowledgeNET Conference - following our theme, "It's all about learning", we were pleased to facilitate a conference by teachers, for teachers.
We are delighted to report that the event was a resounding success - fulfilling our intentions to connect educators together, have them collaborate in breakout sessions that equip, create resources that enable, consider content that is relevant and to communicate with excitement and curiosity about the possibilities of learning through the KnowledgeNET.
CIRCLE Managing Director, Dr Phil Cummins said that "CIRCLE is very pleased with the way in which the 2013 CIRCLE KnowledgeNet Conference has helped schools build stronger communities of inquiry and build better outcomes for more learners. We are proud to have made so many positive connections with New Zealand schools, educational support agencies and government representatives over 2013. We are looking forward to getting to know our clients even better and working together to create exciting new possibilities for the future of education in New Zealand."
CIRCLE extends a particularly big thank you to Takapuna Grammar School and Principal Simon Lamb for generously hosting the conference and making such an excellent venue available to us. In particular we would like to thank Deputy Head Brian Wynn, and his team of ground staff, technical support and student helpers, for their tireless work in making this conference happen! We would also like to offer our grateful thanks for the profound Maori powhiri welcome from the students and staff of Takapuna Grammar School which opened the conference.
We thank all delegates in attendance at the conference, 41 of whom who were also presenters of either SMART Talks or Breakout Sessions. In particular, we note our tremendous thanks for Associate Minister for Education Nikki Kaye in leading the conference's keynote presentation. The collective contribution towards making the 2013 CIRCLE KnowledgeNET Conference such a dynamic and informative event has been truly appreciated.
Minister Nikki Kaye delivers keynote address at the CIRCLE KnowledgeNET Conference
Dr Phil Cummins & Minister Nikki Kaye
CIRCLE was delighted to welcome Associate Minister for Education, Minister Nikki Kaye, to deliver our keynote address at the CIRCLE KnowledgeNET Conference.
In her address, the Minister explored the practical ways of making technology work with particular reference to N4L, an initiative which CIRCLE welcomes. She stressed the priority of establishing equity in learning, with a tangible focus on achieving this through pedagogy, bridging the digital divide for students and teachers, special education and technology, an equity fund, and an appreciation that it is an approach that cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. The Minister highlighted the importance of focussing on people: collaboration, resources, reducing admin time and increasing teaching time, her 21st century learning reference group, and a consideration of the whole environmental impact and footprint.
We extend our sincere thanks to Minister Nikki Kaye for her insightful and timely address.
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