The English translation for raison d’être is the reason for being.
For Wooranna Park Primary School it signifies the philosophical understandings and beliefs that underpin the changes we have introduced into the school. To understand our school you need to understand our Raison D’etre.
First developed in 2005, the Raison D’etre has been significantly modified in recent years as staff reflect on the ways in which the school philosophy and pedagogy are developing together. An introductory video has also been prepared to further clarify the schoolís thinking. The video outlines our Raison D’etre in the context of our aims as a teaching community and addresses the nature of our school curriculum. It also provides a philosophical foundation to the framing of our Raison D’etre.
We invite visitors to our website to see where our journey has brought us thus far. Click Here to view the schoolís Introductory Video and current “Raison D’etre.”
Please click here to view the school film
Please click here to view the school’s Raison D’etre video
Please click here to view the school’s Raison D’etre document
Please click here to view the school’s Profiles document
Here are some more useful links:
Mary Featherstone – Designing from the Inside Out
Bob Pearlman – Wooranna Park Primary School
Bob Pearlman – Stimulating Learning Platforms
‘By Design’ – National Radio
Thoughts from Educators Around the World:
Valerie Hannon – WISE
Yong Zhao – Catching Up or Leading the Way
A Real Paradigm Shift in Education – The Washington Post
Music and Life – Alan Watts
The Guardian – Advent of Google Means We Must Rethink Our Approach to Education
We know What to do- Gary Stager
What Is the Teacher’s Role in the Classroom?
Ken Robinson – How to Escape Education’s Death Valley
Born to Learn
Born to Learn – Class Reunion