The Queensland Academies have an important role to play in facilitating the development of educational strategies that value knowledge, creativity, collaboration and innovation. In doing so – an important part of our work is to create a sustained network of schools and cluster based initiatives that collaboratively offer programs that support exceptional learning outcomes for highly capable students.
The Queensland Academies is proud to be working with the following schools as members of our Partnerships Network:
- Ascot State School
- Brisbane Bayside State College
- Benowa State School
- Brisbane Central State School
- Brisbane School of Distance Education
- Calamvale Community College
- Chapel Hill State School
- Corinda State High School
- Eagle Junction State School
- Everton Park State High School
- Graceville State School
- Kawana Waters State College
- Keebra Park State High School
- MacGregor State School
- Rochedale State School
- Sherwood State School
- Southport State High School
- Stretton State College
These schools have nominated many student participants in our partnerships online program, which are focused on building explicit processes and skills to support students in inquiry and research models as they transition from upper primary to lower secondary settings. The growth in the program this year will be around facilitating professional conversations between our team and the school based coordinators in order to create a deeper understanding of the inquiry process – and how these understandings can be maximised in the students’ learning within their school of origin setting.
The program centres around an evolving a suite of 8 week online modules that build developmentally. These are delivered via the iConnect web conferencing platform. This term, we have offered courses in Scientific Inquiry, Research Methodologies, Mathematical Explorations and Literature and Critique in both Years 5-6 and Years 7-9. The level of rigour is very challenging – and our teachers have been very active in providing very explicit feedback to our students, their teachers and parents. We have been thrilled with the levels of engagement, resilience and grit demonstrated by our younger students in particular – and we look forward to working with them as they consolidate their understanding of IB inspired learning.
Featured Image: Mackenzie Boyle from Ascot State School in her iConnect session