We all flourish

Our whole school goal for 2023 got off to a great start at the Flourish Conference for staff on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, IGS Principal Shauna Colnan launched the academic year for staff with the 2023 theme: We all Flourish.

The theme stems from the aspirational goal of “students striving and flourishing” from the IGS Strategic Plan Into the World 2022-2026

Ms Colnan drew on the work of Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Tal Ben Shahar to explore the ingredients of happiness.

The day began with a welcome to Gadigal Country by Brendan Japangardi Kerin who shared an ancient Gadigal story about the whale and the starfish and played the Ilpirra. 

Speakers and panel discussions brought fresh ideas and insights for 2023 as long-term staff met newer ones.

Emphasising our students’ voices, autonomy and custodianship of our School were among the ideas explored.

“The learning we do is important but the spaces we do it in are important too and we want to empower our students to be proud of our School, our learning spaces and to be the custodians of our school environment,” said Drama and English teacher and Head of House (Kuyal) Megan Sampson during the staff panel discussion. 

After a day of thought-provoking discussions, teachers and staff enjoyed a Greek-themed lunch together prepared by Patty, George, Di and the crew from the Canteen, and ended the day with a rousing rendition of the school song, led by our fantastic Music Department.