Timetable gets principal’s nod
Innovation is at the forefront of impending changes taking place at Forest View High School.
The transformation, which includes a timetable change, is a result of wanting to create citizens who are prepared for today’s world, principal Ian Ferguson said.
He said they will be following a model similar to that of Albany Senior High School which requires students to study less subjects over 100-minute periods.
Every Wednesday students spend the day developing and working on a project of their choice. From next term, changes will be implemented. And although it’s rare, the timetable change will not be the biggest shift, Ferguson said.
‘‘The change in teachers’ practices, that takes time. It also takes time for students to adapt to a new way of learning and it’s a matter of constantly reviewing and reflecting.’’
Albany is a decile 10 school but Ferguson said it should make no difference.
‘‘A decile has no impact on what a student can do.’’
Those limits will certainly be tested when the school begins to implement its serious focus on innovation.
‘‘I’m really excited about the possibilities for students. ‘‘It’s all about student outcome.’’ He said there is a danger in moving too quickly. ‘‘It’s a risk to come away from the conventional model but the potential outcome is they [the students] are more likely to get jobs and be successful if they’re innovative and problem solvers.’’
Change is good, he said. ‘‘If schools stay where they are they go backwards.’’
Forest View has used its current timetable model for the past 14 years.
‘‘There is a risk in everything but I’d rather take risks that become stale. But innovation doesn’t really hold any fears in this school. We feel innovation will turn kids on to learning and achievement.’’