Top pri­mary nets dou­ble hon­our

Canning Times - - NEWS -

TO win one pres­ti­gious ed­u­ca­tion award is an hon­our for many schools.

To win two in the same day is al­most un­heard of.

But that is ex­actly what Brook­man Pri­mary School did when they re­ceived two of the top awards in the State within a few hours of each other.

The Lang­ford school’s ded­i­ca­tion to STEM (Science Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy) re­lated sub­jects was recog­nised when they were awarded the Lead­er­ship Ex­cel­lence Award at the Gover­nor’s Pri­mary STEM Awards.

The award came just hours af­ter they were named the State’s top pri­mary school at the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

Prin­ci­pal Hans Geers said it was a “sur­real” day for the school and one which val­i­dated their fo­cus on STEM-re­lated top­ics.

“STEM at Brook­man is not an ‘add on’ nor do we have a ‘spe­cial­ist STEM teacher’; STEM is em­bed­ded in what we do,” he said.

“Teach­ers look to in­cor­po­rate STEM project-based learn­ing as cross-cur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties present them­selves across all year lev­els from kinder­garten to Year 6.”

Mr Geers praised his staff, who he said struc­tured their classes in a way which en­gaged and chal­lenged stu­dents.

“We have en­sured staff are kept abreast of con­tem­po­rary think­ing and ap­proaches to ed­u­ca­tion with­out los­ing fo­cus on the key ar­eas of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy,” he said.

“Stu­dents love STEM projects as they of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their cre­ative, in­no­va­tive and prob­lem-solv­ing ap­proaches to solv­ing real world prob­lems rel­e­vant to them in their world.

“To­day’s stu­dents need to be pre­pared for a fu­ture where most jobs do not cur­rently ex­ist.”

This year, the school be­came a Teacher De­vel­op­ment School, en­abling teach­ers from other schools to open class­rooms.

Brook­man staff work with the vis­it­ing teach­ers to help de­velop a strat­egy for STEM at their schools. MELVILLE Se­nior High School stu­dent and Thorn­lie res­i­dent Dean Mor­ris has a $15,000 Pilots of To­mor­row Schol­ar­ship, af­ter go­ing up against a num­ber of other Perth ap­pli­cants.

The 15-year-old has been se­lected in the pro­gram, a joint ini­tia­tive by The Honourable Com­pany of Air Pilots and Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence Perth, en­abling younger as­pir­ing avi­a­tors to achieve their dreams.

It is de­signed to ex­pose teenagers to the ex­cit­ing world of avi­a­tion and es­pe­cially ca­reers as pilots.

Ac­cord­ing to air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers Boe­ing and Air­bus, more than 600,000 pilots are needed over the next 20 years.

Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence Perth di­rec­tor and for­mer pilot Peter Chin said there had never been a bet­ter time to con­sider a ca­reer as an air­line pilot.

“I flew for Qan­tas and Emi­rates over the last 30 years, and to have the chance to share my ex­pe­ri­ences with young peo­ple is ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” he said.

“Our Pilots of To­mor­row pro­gram will give young kids a chance to see what it’s like to have your ‘of­fice at 40,000 feet’ with the most spec­tac­u­lar views above the world.”

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