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as a hovercraft which could manoeuvre in all directions. access email; and, Walking around the competition, the boys were highly access important information through Manresa, determined and most of all conducted themselves with the College’s new intranet system. utmost respect. The iPad is proving to be useful as a teaching tool in Against some very strong competition, the boys achieved class, with staff connecting their devices to Smartboards fifth position in the State; an outstanding achievement for the during lessons, enabling them to deliver lessons directly College. Even though they were disappointed not to win, I from their iPads. Digital curriculum content continues to be was very proud of my boys as they had prepared, pushed developed by the teaching body freeing class times from themselves and performed to the best of their abilities. It is the need to deliver content and enabling more student hoped that they will remember the Competition as a very centred learning. rewarding scientific experience in their life at the College. Ms Lee Liao and Harrison Boudakin (Year 10, 2011) Manresa Science Department The College’s new intranet system, Manresa, is growing fast and is proving to be a success as a means to delivery Learning With Technology content in class and also provide information to the entire Timplementation of new learning technologies. The Mr Paul HarkinAloysian Family on the myriad of activities that make up ourschool year.he College has experienced enormous changes tothe teaching and learning landscape with continuing way students access educational content, interact with Head of eLearning staff and other students, research, manage their resources and complete their schoolwork is continuing to undergo a The Debating Society: Eloquentia et transformation. Logica Tconsecutive years of CAS First III victories, the last twohe last four to five years have seen an exceptionalperiod for the College’s Debating Squad. The four years of Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) wins for the Firsts and winning the Jesuit Schools’ Debating Cup for four of the last five years have all been celebrated on many occasions and in many journals, to the extent that little more needs to be said except sincere congratulations to our debaters and their coaches. What is now of interest to me are the keys to these successes and how they can be maintained for the Squad’s continuing health. Apart from the sheer talent of many of our boys, I believe that two distinct but related factors have been particularly relevant over the last five to six years to the breadth of success we have had – it hasn’t only been our First III doing A Year 10 student with one of the new iPads. well. Our coaches and the climate within the squad that these coaches have created have had a significant impact iPads upon the boys’ capacities to perform at the various levels This year marks the second year of iPad implementation for they have succeeded at. students and staff at the College with both Year 10 and Of our twelve coaches, ten are Old Boys of the College 11 students and their teachers receiving an iPad at the who served in our First III teams whilst at the College. All start of the school year. The iPad has proven to be both these former debaters have had immense experience both versatile and robust within the school environment, utilised at school and university levels, with many having had by students to: international successes at various stages. They, therefore, access digital curriculum content; bring to their work with the boys a unique understanding of the many concurrent processes at work in a debate. store their textbooks in PDF format; To teach the boys the practical skills required to debate research; effectively is vital, but to do so with first-hand experience of organise their activities and schoolwork; what it is like to be actually up there in front of an audience is invaluable. I have seen many coaching sessions in other take notes; contexts where coaches have not had such experiences collaborate with other students and their teachers; and the difference is significant. It is, therefore, vital that St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 43


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