Professional Learning Communities at Holy Family 2017




Rationale: Commensurate with our image of ourselves as educators we are excited to undertake professional learning at Holy Family utilising the five drivers of educational change and embracing our image of child as intelligent citizens from birth and possessing 100 languages. These PLCs are one highly effective strategy which we deploy at our school.

No way. The Hundred is there

The child is made of one hundred. The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.

A hundred. Always a hundred ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys

for singing and understanding a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds

to invent
a hundred worlds to dream.

The child has
a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.

They tell the child:
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child:
to discover the world already there and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:
that work and play reality and fantasy science and imagination sky and earth

reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there. The child says:
No way. The hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi, (translated by Lella Gandini

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