High achiev­ers chal­lenged

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - “HERE’S MY CARD” -

The first day of chal­lenges for high achiev­ing year seven and eight stu­dents was held at Marist-Sion Col­lege re­cently.

Through­out the day stu­dents were placed in small groups where they worked col­lab­o­ra­tively to prob­lem solve and an­a­lyse a con­tem­po­rary is­sue to find a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to an is­sue im­pact­ing the school com­mu­nity.

The en­er­gis­ing ques­tion for the day was “how do we change be­hav­iour when it comes to lit­ter at our school?”

Through­out the Day of Chal­lenges, each group, sup­ported by a se­nior stu­dent men­tor, was re­quired to solve this de­mand­ing, ope­nended chal­lenge; demon­strate their skills and tal­ents in an ex­cit­ing, vi­brant and pub­lic way; de­velop di­verse skills, in­clud­ing en­ter­prise, time man­age­ment, the dis­ci­pline to work col­lab­o­ra­tively within a chal­leng­ing and com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment; and prob­lem-solve by think­ing out­side the square.

With 35 bril­liant minds work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively, a range of sus­tain­able so­lu­tions were de­vised.

The school thanked the stu­dents for their in­cred­i­bly hard work through­out the day and es­pe­cially look for­ward to see­ing the con­cepts change be­hav­iour of the school com­mu­nity in the fu­ture as their projects are im­ple­mented into the school com­mu­nity. Re­brand­ing of the Edi­son Pro­gram The Edi­son Pro­gram was im­ple­mented late term three to im­prove the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by high achiev­ing stu­dents in years seven and eight.

To re­ceive a place in the pro­gram stu­dents needed a com­bined sub­ject score of 90 per cent or higher.

The stu­dents’ first chal­lenge was to re­think the name of the pro­gram.

This was an im­por­tant stage in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this new ini­tia­tive. The Col­lege wanted a pro­gram that the stu­dent had own­er­ship of and a name that they could be proud of.

Stu­dents had one week to work ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or in groups to cre­ate a pitch to ad­vo­cate the name of some­one/some­thing/or an ini­tia­tive that in­spired them.

The pre­sen­ta­tions the stu­dents came up with were in­spi­ra­tional and it be­came ev­i­dent that the stu­dents val­ued the chal­lenge.

The new name of the pro­gram is ‘To­gether we in­spire’, cre­ated by Zeta Camp­bell.

Zeta’s in­spi­ra­tion for this name was highly cre­ative and re­vealed a great depth of char­ac­ter.

The Edi­son Pro­gram had been cre­ated to pro­vide ex­ten­sion and en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for high achiev­ing stu­dents.

The name of the pro­gram had been in­spired by the work and life of Thomas Edi­son, par­tic­u­larly his in­sa­tiable need to ask the ques­tion why and seek ways to im­prove his un­der­stand­ing.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in this pro­gram en­cour­ages stu­dents to ask their own ‘why’ ques­tions and in­crease their prob­lem-solv­ing skills, crit­i­cal think­ing and in­for­ma­tion syn­the­sis­ing.

In the trial stage of the pro­gram se­lec­tion is de­ter­mined solely by the stu­dents’ over­all grade per­cent­age, with a re­quire­ment of 90 per cent com­bined sub­ject to­tals.

From 2018 se­lec­tion will be based on a com­bi­na­tion of com­bined sub­ject to­tals, re­sults from a for­mal aca­demic place­ment test and teacher and par­ent nom­i­na­tions.

The Edi­son Pro­gram will ex­tend into the ac­cel­er­ated pro­gram of­fered to year nine stu­dents as part of the sub­ject se­lec­tion process, whereby stu­dents com­mence a VCE study in Year 10.

Since the stu­dents will com­plete a VCE sub­ject when they are in Year 11, they are en­cour­aged to com­mence an ac­cel­er­ated VCE sub­ject (first year univer­sity sub­ject) when they com­mence Year 12.

Matthew Clynes, Max Bohni, Thomas Agudo, Drew Cahill, Si­enna Green and Leesa Guastella take part in a brain­storm­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Ge­or­gia Mur­phy, Bon­nie Collings, Ella Keogh, James Munro, Zeta Camp­bell and Eleanor Mills form part of the ac­cel­er­ated learn­ing pro­gram at Marist Sion.

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