Opportunities to be Creative
This year we commenced the first stage of the implementation of a number of extension programs in Senior School. Our acceleration programs in Mathematics have been implemented which also utilises our Show and Share technology, enabling students to work in a more personalised manner.
We also introduced our new 2040 Enrichment Program, where a group of students from Years 7-10 have been working on creative problem-solving tasks, engaging in competitions and forums. Students nominated themselves to be considered for the program.
Under the leadership of Science Teacher, Eleanor Macaro, Sharon Truong, Rochelle Scheid, Lilyan Zhu, Ally Quan, Chloe Bennett, Nikki Chen, Natasha Ranasinghe, Sarah Chuang, Shohaag Sengupta, Hiruni Sirimane and Irene Xian (from Years 8 and 9), have been working together to develop a community benefit project through the Future Problem Solving Awards, progressing from the State Finals to the National Finals last weekend.
The group chose to develop a project that would benefit our very own Camberwell Girls community. Titled, ‘I’m Talking’ – the team developed a program to combat the language barrier of our own EAL students and to help and support all students to fully engage and participate in the life of the School.
In the National Finals, the project was awarded second place. This is a truly terrific effort and I would like to congratulate all involved. The team now has the opportunity to develop their project further and enter it in the 2017 International Competition in Wisconsin in the USA.
Next year we are looking forward to expanding the program in Senior School and we will also be introducing some extension programs into Ormiston that will also complement our Full STEAM Ahead Program.
Our Year 7 Science students have also been very fortunate to be creative and innovative through their work with Mark Glazebrook from Girls Invent as they learnt about the process of inventing. Some of the inventions will be pitched to a group called Scale Investors, who support entrepreneurial women in early December. We will be developing this process further next year in our new Makerspace which is due to be opened mid Term 1 and will be open to students during lunchtimes as well as during class time so they can continue to work on their inventions. Makerspaces support the philosophy of constructionism which is about hands-on learning and building things. These spaces also provide important opportunities for students to be creative problem solvers through a design thinking process, embracing challenges, failures and success.
I must make mention of our wonderful Year 12 celebrations during the last two weeks. From Presentation Evening through to Farewell Day the following day, Leavers’ Service followed by Valedictory Dinner, were all occasions that were truly memorable.
School Captain, Karen Zhang spoke at Presentation Evening and challenged us all to value our education and life experiences, and to have the courage and boldness to walk through the doors that are presented to us. She also encouraged us to make mistakes – I loved her notion of amazing mistakes, glorious and fantastic mistakes!
When we are bold and not afraid of making mistakes, we have the opportunity to truly be creative. You can read Karen’s full speech here.
With best wishes,