Curriculum News - Fixed Vs Growth Mindset

Mindset.PNGLockyer Valley Professional Learning Cluster

In Week 5, Our Lady of Good Counsel hosted the Term Three Lockyer Valley Professional Learning Cluster. This cluster includes Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood and North Ipswich. Teachers in Years 3 – 6 and support staff were invited to listen to our journey at OLGC for Short Cycle Planning. We could explain the processes we have been using since the beginning of the year with the Prep – Year 2 teachers as part of the ALL Project and how we are moving this into the upper years at school. Teachers then moved to classrooms to network with teachers of the same year level to continue the discussion of Short Cycle Planning and using the Curriculum documents to support this. Thanks to all teachers who attended this professional development.  


Primary Learning Leaders Cluster
Recently I attended the Term Three Primary Learning Leader Cluster at Redcliffe. These clusters are an opportunity for Brisbane Catholic Education and their support staff to pass messages on to PLLs in order for all schools in the system to be consistent in our practice and language. We also were invited to listen to Lyn Sharratt. Lyn Sharratt has joined with BCE and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her background includes cumulative experience as teacher, curriculum consultant, teacher-trainer, public education policy analyst, superintendent of schools, and superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Canada. Her aims of   increasing student achievement for all students, and, improving teachers’ assessment and instruction practices in the classroom aligns with the strategy of BCE and Excellent Learning and Teaching across all schools in the diocese. 


Essential Skills Professional Development
On Tuesday, Mrs Kelli Pacey, Miss Shannon Gilchrist, Miss Marissa Hughes and myself attend the Professional Development ‘Essential Microskills of Teaching’ at St Mary’s Ipswich.  This session is the first of four sessions to be held over the Semester and the aim is to ensure consistent teacher responses which enhance student engagement and teacher-student relationships in all schools. Information from this day and further sessions will be passed on to staff at Our Lady of Good Counsel at regular intervals for the remainder of the year. This will then be followed by a Professional Development Day for all staff during the pupil free days at the beginning of 2018. 
Fixed Vs Growth Mindset 
Part of our common language at OLGC and across all schools in the BCE Diocese has been around having a Growth Mindset. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world renowned psychologist, Carol Dweck. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent are fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  We encourage and model to all students at OLGC to     develop a growth mindset to believe that their abilities can be developed and to show perseverance and          willingness to learn in all areas of the curriculum and behaviour. This also links with the Reading and Writing goals students set for themselves through the terms. 
Support a Reader 
The Support-A-Reader Program for students in Year 1 to Year 6 is going to begin again this term. The program will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The aim of this program is to give children who need additional assistance with their reading, the opportunity to read regularly with a supportive adult on a one-to-one basis. We would like to invite parents to volunteer to be involved in this very valuable program. A commitment of one hour per week or more would be required. Full training will be given. The success of the program relies on the generosity of our volunteers. For further information or if you are Interested in being a part of this program, please speak to or email Fiona Drew at
Fiona Drew
Primary Learning Leader