Principal’s Welcome

“If a student leaves a school with less curiosity than when they entered, then that school has failed in its purpose.” Doug Braiden, College Principal

At Faith we believe that each child is a special creation of God. Hence, education should provide experiences so that each child will develop their God-given unique gifts and talents, experience life as a caring member of God’s family and contribute through service as responsible citizens in the local and broader community.

It is my core belief that education is about teaching students, not just subjects. If a student leaves a school with less curiosity than when they entered, then that school  has failed in its purpose. At Faith we provide an educational program that develops the whole child. We focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and creative domains of each child. The wellbeing of our students is at the centre of what we do.

An article from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), describes the Top 9 Megatrends that will shape the world in 2030. This is a time that our students/children will be a part of. Both parents and schools have a joint responsibility to prepare them for this future.  Change is at the heart of entrepreneurship, and our future generations will fail if we do not develop the capacity in our students to identify unmet needs.

So, what are the 9 megatrends?

Demographics

More than a billion people in the world will be over 65 years of age

Urbanisation

Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities

Transparency

The amount of data collected on people will grow exponentially

Climate Crisis

Governments will continue to struggle to balance short term needs with
long-term sustainability

Resource Pressures

Water will be a stressed resource

Clean Technology

There will be a drive to make our infrastructure more efficient

Technology Shifts

Connectivity and A.I. will achieve closer to human like intelligence

Global Policy

Problems will require global solutions. Governments may not be the solution due to individual national interests  and it may be businesses that provide the solution

Nationalism

The rise of xenophobia will increase along with nationalism

Nearly all the issues are accelerating, are one-way and with no-return movements.  This is the world our students will face. That means that now, more than ever, schools need to prepare our students not just for content driven curriculum but skills that allow them to survive in the 21st century.

What are these skills?

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Personal and social skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • ICT skills

It is these skills that are essential to educating our students. Over the coming years, schooling may start to look different to the way we, as adults, experienced school. Classrooms may look different. Teaching instruction may look different. Student groupings may look different. These differences exist so that we can teach our students these vitally important skills. Traditional schooling does not allow us to develop collaborative skills, creative thinking, or the emotional intelligence that the work force demands.

For me, choosing a school is not just about finding the right school that offers the right pathway. It is about selecting a school that helps your child understand who they are as a person and their place in this world. It is about finding a school that helps your child flourish and not just experience success. When you enrol your child, you become part of the Faith community; a Christian community which reflects the love of Jesus Christ.

I look forward to working with you, and our wider college community to create a future focused school that develops and readies our students to be innovators, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and global citizens.

Yours in Faith
Doug Braiden

Principal’s Welcome

“If a student leaves a school with less curiosity than when they entered, then that school has failed in its purpose.” Doug Braiden, College Principal

At Faith we believe that each child is a special creation of God. Hence, education should provide experiences so that each child will develop their God-given unique gifts and talents, experience life as a caring member of God’s family and contribute through service as responsible citizens in the local and broader community.

It is my core belief that education is about teaching students, not just subjects. If a student leaves a school with less curiosity than when they entered, then that school  has failed in its purpose. At Faith we provide an educational program that develops the whole child. We focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and creative domains of each child. The wellbeing of our students is at the centre of what we do.

An article from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), describes the Top 9 Megatrends that will shape the world in 2030. This is a time that our students/children will be a part of. Both parents and schools have a joint responsibility to prepare them for this future.  Change is at the heart of entrepreneurship, and our future generations will fail if we do not develop the capacity in our students to identify unmet needs.

So, what are the 9 megatrends?

Demographics

More than a billion people in the world will be over 65 years of age

Urbanisation

Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities

Transparency

The amount of data collected on people will grow exponentially

Climate Crisis

Governments will continue to struggle to balance short term needs with
long-term sustainability

Resource Pressures

Water will be a stressed resource

Clean Technology

There will be a drive to make our infrastructure more efficient

Technology Shifts

Connectivity and A.I. will achieve closer to human like intelligence

Global Policy

Problems will require global solutions. Governments may not be the solution due to individual national interests  and it may be businesses that provide the solution

Nationalism

The rise of xenophobia will increase along with nationalism

Nearly all the issues are accelerating, are one-way and with no-return movements.  This is the world our students will face. That means that now, more than ever, schools need to prepare our students not just for content driven curriculum but skills that allow them to survive in the 21st century.

What are these skills?

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Personal and social skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • ICT skills

It is these skills that are essential to educating our students. Over the coming years, schooling may start to look different to the way we, as adults, experienced school. Classrooms may look different. Teaching instruction may look different. Student groupings may look different. These differences exist so that we can teach our students these vitally important skills. Traditional schooling does not allow us to develop collaborative skills, creative thinking, or the emotional intelligence that the work force demands.

For me, choosing a school is not just about finding the right school that offers the right pathway. It is about selecting a school that helps your child understand who they are as a person and their place in this world. It is about finding a school that helps your child flourish and not just experience success. When you enrol your child, you become part of the Faith community; a Christian community which reflects the love of Jesus Christ.

I look forward to working with you, and our wider college community to create a future focused school that develops and readies our students to be innovators, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and global citizens.

Yours in Faith
Doug Braiden

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