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Importance of Education

‘Without the chance to study, an entire generation is at risk.’ (

Article 28 in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have a right to a good quality education. Research conducted by Unite for Sight (2016) has identified education has being particularly significant for refugee children as it can provide a sense of security and hope, which may be lacking in their lives within their refugee setting.

The hope comes from the endless possibilities that education can give to motivated students.  Education supports students to become self-reliant and increases independence. The security comes from a sense of feeling safe in a school environment and security from a regular routine.


Mission and Vision Statement

The aim is to ensure quality education where every child feels valued and safe. Every child has a right to be educated in an environment where they are safe, intellectually and physically stimulated and treated with respect and understanding by teachers and their peers. The aim is to provide an environment which meets the needs of native Nauruan children and refugee children who share the education system.

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The Fundamentals of Education


The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide readymade knowledge. Seymour Papert

The most fundamental part of education is the teacher. They have the capacity to:

  • create a learning environment where students feel safe, respected and are free from bullying.
  • Create an environment where students are empowered to take risks with their learning. Mistakes are seen as an important aspect of the learning process.
  • Collaboration is encouraged, on all levels (students, teachers, parents).
  • Teachers are encouraged to regularly participate in Professional Development and to share their skills and knowledge with other teachers.

The health of our democracy and the perpetuation of our prosperity depend on teaching no less than they do on Wall Street’s machinations or Silicon Valley’s innovations. So let’s make the classroom a destination as sensible, exciting and fulfilling as any other. Frank Bruni

Empathy with my Students

Assignment 2 has been more stressful than any other I have ever experienced. I am normally extremely organised but last minute work/family demands meant that I was finishing off my assignment on the Saturday before it was due. I worked on it throughout the day and left home at 7pm with my Father to attend his oldest friend’s 80th birthday party. I asked my husband to check  through my assignment one final time, I was particularly worried about the audio and wanted that checked prior to submission. Halfway through the evening I received a text…all the audio for my presentation had been deleted! This was hours of work, surely there was a mistake???

My husband had saved the PP in a strange place and had permanently deleted all my audio. This is a clever man whose undergrad is in IT. Accidents happen. I let it go and arrived home at 11pm and worked until the early morning hours and then most of Sunday.

An ah ha moment? Stuff happens. Roll with it and don’t let it get you down too much. I think I will be more empathetic to my kids and students when they stuff up. It’s also important to show kids that we all make mistakes and it’s important to deal with it and move on.


Assignment 2 – Learning Spaces

Attached is a presentation describing the strengths and challenges associated with 6 key learning spaces. Conclusions have been drawn from this analysis and suggestions made to changes that we could make to our learning space that will complement the research.

The presentation has had to be split into 7 parts due to the size of the content, please review all 7 parts.

You are encouraged to interact with the presentation. It will be most effective if we use the blog as a way to interact with the presentation and each other.