Alumni Stories

26/11/2019

Alumni Stories

A strength-based approach in the Kimberley

Sam Saunders Teacher School of Special Educational Needs ‘Most of the schools up here are Stronger Smarter schools so we all come from a common place and we all endorse those practices and high expectation leadership.’ Sam Saunders, Teacher Engagement Sam Saunders is a consultant teacher for the School of Special Educational Needs: Behaviour and Engagement based in Broome and works with schools across the Kimberley region.  Sam … Read More

26/11/2019

Alumni Stories

A collaborative teaching approach at St Augustines

Renee Matheson Principal St Augustine’s Parish Primary School ‘Stronger Smarter – it’s really about common language. It affirmed a lot of my feelings about teaching and education and it’s really about our students. If you’ve always got the students in your forefront, then nothing can go wrong for those kids’ Renee Matheson Renee Matheson has been the Principal of St Augustine’s … Read More

26/11/2019

Alumni Stories

High expectations at Lockhart State School

Evelyn Allard Teacher Lockhart State School ‘When I did Stronger Smarter and read Chris Sarra’s book, I felt like it really changed my life. I suddenly said “no, I’m not going to dumb down the curriculum. These kids are so smart I need to change my approach.’ Evelyn Allard Evelyn Allard was a teacher at Lockhart State School in Queensland when … Read More

17/05/2019

Alumni Stories

10 years of Academic Success Guaranteed at Cairns West State School

An interview with Matt Thompson If a kid’s sitting at home watching daytime TV or kicking a can down the road rather than coming to school, then we have to ask ‘What’s happening at this school?”  Matt Thompson, Principal, Whitfield State School Matt Thompson, the Principal of Whitfield State School in Cairns, undertook one of the very first Stronger Smarter … Read More

07/05/2019

Alumni Stories

Building relationships at Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay

Sacred Heart School school, on the country of the Nyul Nyul people in the remote community of Beagle Bay, on the Kimberley coastline of Western Australia, caters for 90% Aboriginal students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Lyla Forte, the school’s Principal says the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program emphasied the need to aspire to quality relationships on a daily basis. “Unless … Read More

13/12/2018

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St Kieran’s Catholic School

Principal Claudine Dank, says the ideas that Stronger Smarter teaches are important to St Kieran’s Catholic School  with a 17% Indigenous student population and situated on the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon people at Mt Isa. Claudine says the Stronger Smarter Approach fits well with the school’s focus on embedding Indigenous culture. “We have already embedded lots of aspects of … Read More

27/08/2018

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Celebrating Indigenous culture at Coal Point Public School

“For me, it has made sure that I’m conscious, not only in my classroom, but within my stage that I’m setting high expectations for myself and staff and this filters down to the students, using the tools that Stronger Smarter provided.” (Kate Payne)  Kate Payne and Louise Groves, Assistant Principals  Yarning Circles in the classroom After undertaking the Stronger Smarter … Read More

27/08/2018

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Embedding Gunditjmara culture at Warrnambool Primary School

When Warrnambool Primary School Principal, Peter Auchettl, and teacher Jacqui Gore undertook the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program in 2013, they sat down to think about how to integrate the Stronger Smarter culture and ethos across the school. “First we needed to gather information,” Peter says.  “We found out about the local mob and the history and then we made a … Read More

07/05/2017

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Exploring cultural identity in Mount Isa

The kids today don’t know our culture.  So this is bringing their identity back and their tribes and where they fit in with people. Auntie Joan Marshall and Tina Butcher, Mount Isa Central State School Tina Butcher and Auntie Joan Marshall believe that making a difference for Aboriginal students in the Mount Isa area has to start from the ground … Read More

07/05/2017

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Building bridges at Bowraville Central School

Stronger Smarter gave me a lot more focus and better tools in embarking on conversations and setting up processes between people. That was the power in it Mal McFarlane, Bowraville Central School Mal McFarlane says that at Bowraville Central School, they are seeing some great improvements for their Aboriginal students.  “We have had some wonderful HSC results and we are … Read More