Our Partnerships in Focus

The Queensland Academies Partnerships Program has experienced unprecedented growth in 2014 with our Phase 2 online course offerings in Literature and Critique, Microbiology and Mathematics Explorations providing a rich, inquiry based experience for our students. These courses build on the foundations of Scientific Inquiry and Research Methodologies which commenced in 2013. We have welcomed a wide range of students into the programs from across the partnerships network and these students have benefited from working with like-minded students from a rage of partnership schools including:

  • Ascot SS
  • Benowa SS
  • Brisbane Central SS
  • Brisbane Bayside State College
  • Brisbane School of Distance Education
  • Calamvale Community College
  • Chapel Hill SS
  • Corinda SHS
  • Eagle Junction SS
  • Everton Park SHS
  • Graceville SS
  • Kawana Waters State College
  • Keebra Park SHS
  • MacGregor SS
  • Rochedale SS
  • Sherwood SS
  • Southport SHS
  • Stretton State College, and
  • Windsor State School

Feedback from leadership teams, teachers, parents and the students themselves has indicated that by consolidating new skills in the processes of learning and thinking- the students have made strong gains in their daily school work and are better prepared to face the challenges of the next steps in their schooling. In Semester 1, 2015 we are launching two new courses: Architecture and Critical Thinking and the Global Citizen. Our older students are really looking forward to these programs that will create new opportunities for working with our university and cultural partners including QUT, the Asia-Pacific Design Library and the Queensland Museum. Dr Kathy Mackey will also bring an international focus to our term two programming as she will be team teaching into the programs as part of her Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute.

The Queensland Academies are also working with several schools including Benowa State School, Calamvale Community College, Ascot State School, Corinda State High School, Sherwood State School and Windsor State School as part of more formal partnership arrangements that maximise targeted student opportunities and shared professional development across our teaching teams.

Enhancing our Partnerships with the University Sector

In 2015, our Young Scholars Program will again focus on unique experiences for highly capable and gifted students in years 5- 9. Each term we are creating opportunities for students to experience unique inquiry based learning in collaboration with our partners universities. Next year we will be introducing our Young Scholars cohort to staff from a range of faculties from the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. This will build on the success of our work with QUT and Griffith Universities.

See overview of our 2015 programming here.