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Leaders from several different
Catholic schools in Adelaide
ventured to Harvard University in the
first week of Term 2 to learn about
a program designed to assist with
the development of high quality
Inspired by the concept of medical
rounds – where the focus is not on
the doctor’s work with the patient
but on the interns’ collective
response to the situation before
them – Instructional Rounds is a tool
which involves observing teaching
practices in a range of situations.
Those attending the Harvard course
were trained to view and reflect on
the practices of their peers across a
whole school, not just in one class or
with one teacher. By looking at the
bigger picture through observation
and gathering data, Instructional
Rounds enables schools to celebrate
the positives and plan for future
development to ensure high quality
teaching and learning for all students
OLSH College has been working
with education consultant John
Corrigan for a number of years
on building a culture of coaching
based on evidence and was keen to
further its knowledge of Instructional
It was delighted that three members
of its leadership group – principal
Maria Urbano, deputy Simon
Stevens and assistant to the
principal curriculum initiatives Sonia
Venour – were accepted to attend
the Boston-based course. They
were joined by St Gabriel’s principal
Stuart Baker, St Brigid’s deputy Vicki
Rubino, Cabra deputy Nicole Laube
and John Corrigan.
All agreed the course was beneficial
as it provided them with the skills
needed to develop the Instructional
Rounds process in their schools.
“The OLSH Instructional Rounds
team are excited about the
potential and opportunities the IR
process presents, as we set about
working toward preparation and
implementation,” said Ms Urbano on
“The opportunity to create positive
partnerships and networks with other
Catholic schools has been invaluable
and I look forward to supporting
each other and broadening our
learning through the partnership –
it is an exciting time for all of our
schools,” added Ms Venour.
The “rigorous, cognitively
demanding five-day program” was a
rewarding experience, according to
“It required us to critically reflect on
the evidence before us without any
bias, personal agenda or judgement.
The learning occurs for the host
school and the network well beyond
the day of the round,” she said.
SA teachers do the
rounds at Harvard
HARVARD GRADUATES: Attending the Instructional Rounds course at back, from left, John
Corrigan, Nicole Laube, Maria Urbano and Stuart Baker and front, Sonia Venour, Vicki Rubino
and Simon Stevens.
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DECEASED BISHOPS’ MASS: Gleeson College was well represented
by students and staff at the annual Memorial Mass for Archbishop
James Gleeson, Archbishop Andrew Killian and Bishop Philip Kennedy
held in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in April. The college’s liturgy
choir, conducted by Carly Meakin, received special mention from all
those attending, including Archbishop Wilson, Vicar General Fr Philip
Marshall and members of the Gleeson family. Student leaders and staff
were also involved in readings and processions.
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