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On Strowan – Volume 13 // Issue 4 // 31 May 2018

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...our purpose remains to support and grow resilient young people who experience multiple opportunities which enable them to develop into the very best version of themselves.
Christine Leighton, Rector

As part of my wider reading for our Strategic Planning process, I recently came across an article which explored the subject of preparing leaders for the VUCA world. Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity is the new normal, and applies equally in the educational landscape as in the world of business. While VUCA may seem like a threatening phenomenon, it can be considered as a world of opportunity where anything is possible.

In a VUCA world, organisations more than ever need to know who they are, what they believe in, and why they do what they do. At St Andrew’s College our purpose remains to support and grow resilient young people who experience multiple opportunities, which enable them to develop into the very best version of themselves. However, there seems to be an increasing number of things which threaten stability, or can cause friction or tension in a complex organisation like a school.

The political agenda, the recent debate and media coverage about NCEA, an uncertain economic climate, the emphasis on benchmarking and data driven decision making, rapid developments in technology, the impact of social media, an unknown future, and the need to actively influence and support student and staff well-being, are all having a significant influence on the way we think about our future.

Johansen, a futurist with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) suggests that: 

  • Volatility yields to vision;
  • Uncertainty yields to understanding;
  • Complexity yields to clarity;
  • Ambiguity yields to agility.

And so with vision, understanding, clarity and agility we will embrace our future as the Head Prefects of 2018 have defined it ‘StAC101’. We will strike the right balance between the old paradigms of education as they compete with future-focused learning experiences, at the same time holding ourselves accountable for the learning experiences of children, and making a positive contribution to the social and emotional welfare of the school community.

We will seek to structure, organise and support our St Andrew’s learning community to meet the complex demands, and continuously evolve educational best practice.

It seems like a big ask, but at StAC we know who we are, what we believe in, and why we do what we do…

Our guiding values, ‘Truth, Excellence and Faith’.

Our DPR values, ‘Faith, Hope, Honesty, Generosity, Compassion, Respect and Responsibility’.

These values will not change as we continue to believe in your children and who they can become.


Christine Leighton

On Strowan - Volume 13 //  Issue 4 // 31 May 2018