Teach listening as a skill?

Having just moved house next to a busier road I can really relate to this video!  I like the idea of moments of silence, not just to improve our listening but also as a form of meditation, of calmness and peacefulness.

Active listening summed up nicely – Receive, Appreciate, Summarise, Ask.

Worth a go?  In your class?  With your leaders?  With yourself?



Britain’s Strictest School


Have a read of this article.  There I was thinking my old school was the strictest school in Britain!  What an interesting read do you think:

Of the behaviour guidelines?  Of the learning (style)?  Of the Principal’s comments of other schools?  Of the grape?!

Will this school be successful?  How does the Principal see success?


Sooo….room for improvement!!

OK.  Admittedly, posting twice in a year is probably not the most effective use of  a blog.  And not sharing it with anyone doesn’t help either (to add a bit of positive pressure!).  So right now I am writing to an audience of myself!  That will change – time to use this as I intended – a forum for learning.  Hopefully more than just mine but even that makes it worth the trouble.

Why blog? Why now?

Good question(s).

Mostly for me.  I have so many resources here and there without a place to gather them all.  Or reflect on them.  I feel at a place now where I am comfortable to share my reflections digitally.  Perhaps it will help to form views or further/future thinking.   Maybe it might help others reflect on their own leadership development.  However, the main aim with this blog is not to reach the masses and become a blogger extraordinaire; it is to simply put down some thoughts and reflections digitally that may help me to become a better leader/educator/Catholic/human being.  If it helps others along the way then that is, of course, great.

Starting at a new school as Principal is also a great time to commit to this blog.  It being the 1st Jan is another good reason.  Basically I think that I have run out of excuses not to blog!

10 Years Later!

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So I thought that I should begin this blog site by thanking a few people.   Why?  Because if it wasn’t for these people I would not be blogging.  Firstly, thanks to Judy O’Connell  who firstly introduced me to what was then Web 2.0 in 2006.  Judy’s blog has always been a fantastic resource which I thoroughly recommend. We co-wrote a blog on Web 2.0 back in 2007 but it has been wiped out by Blogger – probably due to a lack of hits over the last 9 years!

I would also like to thank Tom Barrett and Ewan McIntosh for being such a strong influence on my educational thinking over the years.  Again, both of their blogs are great reads and of course their work on Design Thinking is exceptional.

Thanks to Steve Borthwick , the quiet and quite exceptional educational leader and thinker who is my creative partner in crime. He’s a pretty good cook too.  We are also both HAPAs – I’m sure I will post about that at some point!  We operate on a rule of thirds – two thirds banter and one third quality innovation and thinking.   Sometimes!

To the leadership team(s)  at St Ambrose  and St Christopher’s, truly amazing groups of educational leaders who I have learnt so much from.

There are many others, people like Mark Turkington, Mick Bezzina, Peggy Saab, Jennifer Fraser and of course Sybil Dickens, who have also influenced my thinking over many years.  So many educators, students, parents, parishioners, family and friends.  Thank you to you all.  It’s only taken 10 years of ‘I should start my own blog’ to start my own blog!  So here goes……