Wide-ranging reflections upon noted Australian K-12 school Wesley College, Melbourne
by long-serving teacher Martyn Smith

WESLEY COLLEGE

MELBOURNE


Reflections

by

Martyn Smith

Wesley College former teacher, Martyn Smith


During the years before my retirement in July, 2002, I urged myself to place into one photo-copied publication an eclectic batch of my writings about Wesley College, Melbourne --  writings that had accumulated during my career at that 3500-student coeducational K-12 Australian independent school comprising three campuses, St Kilda Road, Glen Waverley and Elsternwick.

Good intentions, however, constantly crumbled into procrastination in the face of the manual compilation of such a collection. 

A website though!!  Now there was an opportunity!!

I had great fun gathering the material and creating this site.  It was good to re-discover the themes and viewpoints that I found in these thirty or so pieces. 

I offer them for any who may be interested.

The Contents page organises the pieces for you, giving the opening sentence or two from each one.  The audience of each piece is provided when you arrive at its page.

Any response you may have to any of the writing will be very welcome.  Simply come back here after reading and email me.

Best wishes,

Martyn Smith.

CONTENTS

Education Outdoors

Open Entry Enrolment

City Curriculum Project

Coeducation

Junior School

People

Boarding

History and Philosophy

 
"Wesley College .... exists for charitable objects and purposes only and is established for the education of students according to their age, ability and aptitude upon a Christian foundation in accordance with the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia and for the development of Christian character."
Provision 1
Constitution of Wesley College, Melbourne
 
CAREER AT WESLEY

Glen Waverley Campus
   2006-2007   Teacher [casual], City Curriculum Project
   2004           Teacher [casual], City Curriculum Project
   2003           Acting Lay Chaplain [part-time]
   2000-2002   Head, Professional Development
   1997-2000   Head, City Curriculum Project
   1985-1997   Head, Junior School
   1979-1981   Secretary, Common Room Association
   1977-1985   Lay Chaplain

St Kilda Road Campus
   1974-1976   Boarding Housemaster
   1973           Year Nine Coordinator
   1972, July   Commenced teaching at Wesley

 

   1980-1986   Member, Council of Wesley College

   1978-1990   Wesley College parent
   2014-          Wesley College grandparent

   1956-1963   Wesley College student

James Waugh said ....

Rev J.S. Waugh presided over, and resided at, Wesley College from 1866 till April, 1884 - Wesley's first eighteen years.  His 11th January, 1866, Inaugural Address is a rich source of quotations proclaiming the philosophical foundations upon which the College is built.  One of these, in an updating series, appears here. "No man is deemed respectable now who is unacquainted with science and with books.  The Ploughman, the Artisan, and the Miner of our day, know something of learning.  The people of this new land of ours agree to cherish and promote it.  Gold is not the only thing that men prize here.  There are two things which Australia honours, and they are - Character and Education."

Wesley College Coat of Arms

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