Opportunities abound for OneSchool RP Simon Beaumont

Wednesday 14th June, 2017

OneSchool teachers come from a range of backgrounds and experiences within the Australian schooling system. Many have experienced working in other school environments – both public and private – so are in a good position to give an insight into how OneSchool’s teaching environment compares to other schools in Australia.

As part of a series of articles that will appear on OneSchool websites, we look at how teachers find OneSchool’s approach to teaching compared to other places they have taught.

Glenvale Regional Principal, Simon Beaumont, has had 28 years teaching in private, public and OneSchool systems. What is his favourite part about working at OneSchool? There are quite a few.

“Our school system has had the courage to introduce SDL-based learning, teaching using virtual classroom technology, Canvas learning management system and all sorts of latest technology learning,” says Simon. “As Regional Principal I am not only given the chance to lead my own school, but also to work with the global Regional Principal team to develop and steer policy and alignment globally. In addition, I get to travel to campuses all over Victoria to meet with students, parents and staff rather than be limited to one-campus.”

Some might find the distances between campuses a negative. However, Simon is far from pessimistic about the issue, and in fact thinks it adds an interesting facet to his teaching experience.

“In a regular state or private school, where I worked previously, all staff and students were an easy walk away in their classrooms or offices. In our school we need to either connect up via Zoom, or travel up to 400 kilometres to meet and discuss educational issues etcetera,” he says. He sees this as an opportunity for both teachers and students. “Something like VC allows students all over the state to have access to high-quality teachers in all subject areas. In the past, this has been an issue because we only had limited number of staff on each campus and they had to teach out of their subject areas.”

A challenge in any teaching role can be the attitude towards school by both students and parents. Some schools can have a range of challenging issues – from truancy through to regular disruptions in classes.

“Glenvale students are just like any other student, but they are more polite, and in general, better behaved and more respectful,” says Simon. “The other thing I really notice about our students is that they are always being active when not in classes. Every time I visit a campus I am impressed with the way students are playing or exercising before school, at recess and lunchtime. This is very different to the other schools I have worked in where most students sit around using their phones during free time.”

“The parents of Glenvale are a wonderful group who are learning to get more involved with the education of their children. One of the biggest challenges for me has been to increase the communication between parents and teachers, and Canvas is helping greatly with this. In terms of support that the parents and community give the school, there is no other school system I am aware of that has such a level of support. Our parents drive buses every day, run the canteens, manage the facilities and finances of the school, and also volunteer to be involved in special projects or fundraising activities of all kinds.”

What about scholastic achievement? Is it a priority as OneSchool students generally do not go on to tertiary education once they have completed Year 12?

“I am very proud of the achievements of our students,” says Simon. “Academically we have very high standards and our goal for 2017 is to have our Year 12 students achieve an average study score of 32, which will put us inside the Top 50 Victorian Independent Schools. This would be a brilliant achievement for a school that operates campuses all over the state and uses virtual classroom technology to present lessons to students up to 800 kilometres apart. In addition, our Naplan and ACER testing results consistently place us above State benchmarks in each of the areas tested at the various year levels.”

Opportunities for teachers to further educate themselves are offered by most state and private schools, where they are encouraged to continue more university courses or an overseas sabbatical. Are these opportunities available at OneSchool?

“Our school system has an amazing level of commitment to teacher professional learning. Our staff participate in w myriad of programs aimed at helping them become the best teachers possible. I have had the opportunity to study and present at Harvard University in Boston, as well as new Zealand, Singapore and various Australian states,” says Simon. “I thoroughly enjoy my role working with the young people of Glenvale and look forward to continuing to develop the OneSchool Global system of schools as a member of an amazing team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities abound for OneSchool RP Simon Beaumont OneSchool teachers come from a range of backgrounds and experiences within the Australian schooling system. Many have experienced working in other school environments – both public and private – so are in a good position to give an insight into how OneSchool’s teaching environment compares to other schools in Australia.

As part of a series of articles that will appear on OneSchool websites, we look at how teachers find OneSchool’s approach to teaching compared to other places they have taught.

Glenvale Regional Principal, Simon Beaumont, has had 28 years teaching in private, public and OneSchool systems. What is his favourite part about working at OneSchool? There are quite a few.

“Our school system has had the courage to introduce SDL-based learning, teaching using virtual classroom technology, Canvas learning management system and all sorts of latest technology learning,” says Simon. “As Regional Principal I am not only given the chance to lead my own school, but also to work with the global Regional Principal team to develop and steer policy and alignment globally. In addition, I get to travel to campuses all over Victoria to meet with students, parents and staff rather than be limited to one-campus.”

Some might find the distances between campuses a negative. However, Simon is far from pessimistic about the issue, and in fact thinks it adds an interesting facet to his teaching experience.

“In a regular state or private school, where I worked previously, all staff and students were an easy walk away in their classrooms or offices.

In our school we need to either connect up via Zoom, or travel up to 400 kilometres to meet and discuss educational issues etcetera,” he says.

He sees this as an opportunity for both teachers and students. “Something like VC allows students all over the state to have access to high-quality teachers in all subject areas. In the past, this has been an issue because we only had limited number of staff on each campus and they had to teach out of their subject areas.” A challenge in any teaching role can be the attitude towards school by both students and parents. Some schools can have a range of challenging issues – from truancy through to regular disruptions in classes. “Glenvale students are just like any other student, but they are more polite, and in general, better behaved and more respectful,” says Simon. “The other thing I really notice about our students is that they are always being active when not in classes. Every time I visit a campus I am impressed with the way students are playing or exercising before school, at recess and lunchtime. This is very different to the other schools I have worked in where most students sit around using their phones during free time.” “The parents of Glenvale are a wonderful group who are learning to get more involved with the education of their children. One of the biggest challenges for me has been to increase the communication between parents and teachers, and Canvas is helping greatly with this. In terms of support that the parents and community give the school, there is no other school system I am aware of that has such a level of support. Our parents drive buses every day, run the canteens, manage the facilities and finances of the school, and also volunteer to be involved in special projects or fundraising activities of all kinds.” What about scholastic achievement? Is it a priority as OneSchool students generally do not go on to tertiary education once they have completed Year 12? “I am very proud of the achievements of our students,” says Simon. “Academically we have very high standards and our goal for 2017 is to have our Year 12 students achieve an average study score of 32, which will put us inside the Top 50 Victorian Independent Schools. This would be a brilliant achievement for a school that operates campuses all over the state and uses virtual classroom technology to present lessons to students up to 800 kilometres apart. In addition, our Naplan and ACER testing results consistently place us above State benchmarks in each of the areas tested at the various year levels.” Opportunities for teachers to further educate themselves are offered by most state and private schools, where they are encouraged to continue more university courses or an overseas sabbatical. Are these opportunities available at OneSchool? “Our school system has an amazing level of commitment to teacher professional learning. Our staff participate in w myriad of programs aimed at helping them become the best teachers possible. I have had the opportunity to study and present at Harvard University in Boston, as well as new Zealand, Singapore and various Australian states,” says Simon. “I thoroughly enjoy my role working with the young people of Glenvale and look forward to continuing to develop the OneSchool Global system of schools as a member of an amazing team.”