FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Project Based Learning
As many will be aware we introduced a new component of learning for our Year 7 students this year which we have called PBL (Project Based Learning). This is an interdisciplinary learning experience that challenges students to apply their learning and thinking skills to real life problems and present solutions. Students and staff alike are enjoying this new and different approach to learning, which compliments the more traditional subject based approach to the secondary curriculum. It is being delivered in our newly refurbished library, which was transformed over the year end (2016/17) into a more flexible and engaging learning environment for our students. If you haven’t been into the library this year – pop in and have a look. It also compliments the roll out of our BYOD program for secondary students – and the students are being taught how to utilise their technology to support and enhance their research, problem solving and presentation skills.
This initiative is an important step in the journey we are continuing at CCAS to ensure that we are developing in our students the 21st Century Skills necessary to be successful in their future lives in an ever changing world.
Over the last three days Mrs Stratford and myself have had the opportunity to attend an Educational Conference focused on School Learning Space Design and its relationship to pedagogical practice (or how we teach). Our motivation to attend was in the context of future building developments at CCAS which I will share a little more detail on in future newsletters, but it has also reinforced to us the benefits of the direction we are developing in teaching and learning and their alignment with best practice in education both here in Australia and around the world. The challenge of delivering to your children a relevant and real world education experience that genuinely prepares them for their future remains our priority, and it is nice to have this priority endorsed by leading educators from across Australia engaged in the same journey. I plan to share a little more of the details of proposed future developments and directions in our program over the next few weeks, but also welcome any feedback from you as our valued parents as we go on this journey together.
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.
- Tony Kent