Small School Benefits
Preshil has a deliberate strategy to maintain a low student/teacher ratio and small class sizes which allows for team teaching, collaborative learning, multi-aged groupings and strong support for individual students. We attract vibrant teachers who are excited to be at a school where they can really engage with their students, get to know them students and help them to flourish as learners.
The IB programmes require rigorous and ongoing professional development; our teachers engage with a global network of educators, sharing extraordinary resources and opportunities for international collaboration. Our teachers possess a desire to enhance at every opportunity their own professional growth and development.
Preshil Teachers are highly qualified individuals who share some fundamental traits essential to Preshil’s approach to teaching:
- a sense of humour
- passion for and about learning
- regard and concern for children
- kind and patient
- modelling all of these behaviours for children.
Teacher | Student Relationships
Our teachers strive to provide meaningful, rich and wide ranging experiences which may be woven into the curriculum or stand alone. Preshil teachers work to build relationships of mutual acceptance and respect so that each student feels comfortable and secure in the classroom setting. Providing students opportunities to freely engage in inquiry, dialogue and discussion with both their teachers and their peers gives them the confidence to question, experiment and step outside their comfort zones to learn.
Our teachers know that the act of learning cannot take place solely through the actions of an external agent. The child is not a blank slate waiting to be written on but an active participant in the learning process who brings to the teacher/student relationship a depth of experience and a creative and intuitive mind.
A Preshil teacher endeavours to understand the behaviour of children and develops constructive and supportive relationships with them. A commitment to restorative practices and collaboration amongst all is essential.
Preshil recognises the rapidly changing global landscape of education by fostering our teachers passion for teaching and learning, to maintain a high quality standard of professional practice. All our staff are offered an equal opportunity to continue to grow and build on their knowledge and skills through our Professional Development Program.
Alignment With The School’s Strategic Plan
Professional Learning is part of the broader framework of Preshil’s Strategic Plan which aims to reflect current and projected needs of both the school and the individual by providing support for career development. It further aims to support staff in their adaptation to change and changing roles, while providing a framework upon which current educational pedagogy is built, refined and developed.