In addition to the eight LEAD Awards of Excellence, the panel of judges for this year’s Awards selected seven recipients for LEAD Awards for Merit:
Hammond Park Catholic Primary School – Singapore Professional Learning ExperienceAs a foundation school, the Hammond Park Catholic Primary School staff and community determined professional learning and faith formation as a strategic priority. As a collective, and with community support, the HPCPS staff of 24 initiated, planned and fundraised a shared professional learning experience in Singapore between 23-28 August 2016. The staff visited a total of 8 schools, including international schools, Ministry schools and Catholic schools. Staff created an iTunesU course to store all key information and resources. Each day in Singapore concluded with a reflection of the learning and experiences, providing data that was incorporated into the strategic planning and school improvement planning processes. A whole-of-staff report was shared with CEWA, regional schools and throughout the school community. HPCPS has seen an impact on the relationships between staff members, as well as a number of initiatives having a positive effect on the community, and importantly, the students – including increased extra-curricular opportunities for students utilising the skills and talents of staff. There has also been increased collaboration between leaders and educators, a coaching model for staff development and the establishment of a Care Club creating Christian service opportunities for staff.
Liwara Catholic Primary School – Italian Partial Art ImmersionTo contextualise the Italian language for students and transform the approach to learning languages within the school, Liwara Catholic Primary School created the Italian Partial Art Immersion. Being piloted for the Year 2 students learning Italian, Signora Rossi teaches Italian through Art. The children are provided with instructions in Italian, learning various topics through a particular piece of artwork or similar. Any related art elements are taught in Italian, as well as topic related words or expressions. This method of teaching Italian integrates with other areas of the curriculum, including IT, visual arts and music. The Italian Partial Art Immersion is an engaging method for students to learn the Italian language in a practical and relevant way. It provides them with an opportunity to be creative, and be able to communicate about their artwork through the Italian language. This approach also introduces children to art language and theory.
Mercedes College – The HARD Learning Project: The Game ChangersTo empower students to develop 21st century learning skills, practice design thinking and approach problems in an interdisciplinary way, Mercedes College developed the HARD Learning Project. The HARD Learning Project is a problem-based learning approach, inspired by Deep Learning theory. The concept of the HARD Learning Project is that it is Heartfelt, Animated, Required and Difficult and requires a cross curriculum approach in STREAM. Students, known as the Game Changers, were inspired to support the homeless to access crucial social services and reconnect with loved ones. Students determined a need to create an app for the homeless to have access to crucial services. The Game Changers visited start-up founders, met with app developers and made connections with not-for-profits for support. The student team designed a system to crowdfund mobile phones. The prototype included:
- A contact form backed by crowdsourcing to connect with loved ones
- A coded map of the public phone recharging stations in the CBD
- A map listing service agencies within the CBD, and
- Push notifications on locations of key services such as food, doctors and shelter.
Mercy College – Numeracy WeekTo continue building student engagement with the Mathematics Curriculum, Mercy College has developed Numeracy Week. The main objective for Numeracy Week is to engage students in maths, with a particular focus on students that find maths challenging or are disengaged. Numeracy Week is an inclusive event for students with special needs. The Maths Department built this week with a focus on promoting numeracy through fun learning opportunities. The 2017 Numeracy Week combined best practice from previous years with new initiatives. The 2017 Numeracy Week was carnival-themed, with activities such as:
- Poster competition to advertise the week
- Numero competition, leading to the Grand Final held on Friday.
- Other competitions included a Chess competition, the Rubix cube, Matching Pairs, Giant Maze, Lollies in the Jar Guessing Game, Year 7 Giant Quiz, Marshmallow and Spaghetti Tower Building, Pi Decoder, Weapons of Maths Destruction, Daily Quizzes, Pig Pen Decoder, Concentration and Guess the Maths Teacher childhood picture.