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CITY CURRICULUM:  IMPERATIVES
(February, 1998, to guide planning)

1.  The CCP must remain true to its genesis as a recommendation of the 1996 ĎGlen Waverley Middle Years Project Teamí which considered the interest, relevance, engagement, involvement and satisfaction of the Middle School educational experience within the context of the studentsí individual needs, the continuance of pastoral care and the growing influence of technology.  (Italics are a paraphrase of the Teamís charter.)

2.  It must remain true to its current "Focus" and "Objectives".  Changes to these must not be made without very careful and thoughtful discussion.

3.  It must remain founded on curriculum and must arise from integrated decisions made by Heads of Faculties and their staff. 

4.  It must be one part of a total Middle School Curriculum, not a separate venture.

5.  Studentsí self-confidence and self-esteem, arising from (a) the proven trust given to them and (b) the easy and welcoming accessibility of resources in the CBD  --  which in 1997 led to high motivation ("I want to do it and I can do it!!") amongst the great majority of students  --  must be nurtured.

6.  Online delivery  --  which in 1997 provided crucial, aall-inclusive information widely, easily, quickly, cheaply, attractively, currently and simultaneously to all those with an interest in the CCP  --  must be retained.

7.  Either the current location, with its elevation, aspect, services, neighbours and locale, or one very similar must be assured.

8.  The active relationship with Monash University must be retained.

9.  The bias of the CCP must be to spend less money constantly, rather than more.  This is not an economic imperative.  Rather, it ensures ingenuity, flexibility, mobility and extroversion.  It forces teachers and students out of the classroom with walls.

10.  Institutionalisation of the CCP must not occur.

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Why Have a City Curriculum
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