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Transcript - Impact: Emerging Leaders

Benjamin Pisani: My name is Benjamin Pisani.

I'm the Director of Music and classroom teacher at Sandringham College.

I enrolled in the Bastow Impact course because I had been leading informally at Sandringham College for numerous years. And I wanted to take some opportunities to put myself on the pathway to formal leadership, and to develop my career towards leading Victorian government schools.

Being a part of the Bastow Impact course has been fantastic because I found myself in a course with other future leaders, even some current leaders that are like minded, that are driven, that want to make change in Victorian government education. And has really pushed me to want to be a better teacher, wanted to be a better leader, and wanted to improve my skills and knowledge to make sure that I can be as effective as I can be for these kids.

When I started at Sandringham College, I was employed on the senior campus. Sandringham College being a multi-campus, 3 campus school.

One of the pitfalls with a multi-campus schools, and having a department spread across 3 sites is you have staff that don't see each other, that don't have a sense of collegiality.

One of my key focuses in my Impact school change course was to create unity amongst the staff.

I presented a lot of my ideas. We shared them, we pulled them apart. And I found that the staff were really excited about the prospect of being 1 department.

The Bastow Impact course gave me the skills and knowledge to be able to implement unity across my department.

It helped me with things like team building skills, how I present information, how I relate to other staff, and how I manage myself as a teacher, but also as a leader.

The point of it here is to grow as teachers, and to improve the learning outcomes of our students, which is the ultimate goal.

Allen McAuliffe: Bastow has helped us work with a project that is immediately relevant, essential to the school's direction, but has provided us with the knowledge that in fact, we're getting other types of advice and educational input into that program decision making.

So it's really providing educational credibility to the decisions that we make.

Benjamin: To me, education is about giving kids control, giving kids respect, giving kids responsibility so that they develop themselves, and that we move away from the sense of achievement being a letter or a number, that these kids realise that success comes in so many different forms.

That success can be, for someone in music, someone who has never played in front of a band before, learning the skill, and being able to get up there, and stand, and perform for others.

It gives them an ability to be creative.

Sam Ciaveralla: It's been really enlightening, having been as a teacher here.

Because not only does he offer freedom to all use these tools, and all these spaces he's set up for us, he's also a really good role model, and just as enthusiastic as any student here about our music, and what he's teaching us, and all the different ways to get to that end goal that we all have.

He's really opened our minds to a whole lot of different ideas, especially through styles.

He's really made us appreciate music a whole lot more.

Benjamin: I think student focused learning, and student controlled learning is the key to teaching.

And I think it's the key to making sure that we are equipping our future generation with the skills they need to be successful, and to be the best they can be.​