The IDEAS concept of parallel leadership sits well with the model for whole school change at Pine Rivers. Parallel leadership grows out of a culture that thrives when all members of the school community are valued. Trusting respectful relationships are developed and all members of the community take responsibility for their own actions and outcomes.
Pervasive leadership ensures that collective responsibility is taken for enhancing teaching and learning such that our learning environment is responsive to community and systemic demands.
Teacher leadership is fundamental to effective long term pedagogical reform, matching the strategic vision setting for the entire learning community. Staff are given opportunities to engage in structured professional dialogue in which they share experiences, support colleagues and reflect on practice.
The focus is, of course, the student who ultimately must take ownership for the way his/her learning occurs. Through committee representation and co-curricular opportunities, our students are actively engaged in decision making processes about all aspects of their schooling. Students and caregivers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities to ensure they understand, value and take ownership of decisions being made about their school.
The celebration of success at each opportunity is an integral part of the culture. High expectations are set for the whole community and appropriate behaviours are modelled and acknowledged. Our graduates leave Pine Rivers with a sense of pride, a love of learning and a confidence to pursue their individual goals "by different ways".
Janelle Amos, IDEAS Facilitator; and Janelle Deakin, Principal
(Pine Rivers State High School - Murrumba Cluster)