Deputy’s Desk | PEAC & Subs in Schools
Congratulations to three of our talented year 4 students, Xander, Daniel and Ronan, who have been identified as eligible to participate in the PEAC program.
Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part-time program for public school children in Years 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways. Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs.
PEAC programs offer children:
- the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented children.
- an intellectually rigorous and challenging program.
- opportunities to interact with practising experts.
- the opportunity to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills.
- the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation.
- self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.
Last Friday Geoff Rintoul and I took twelve amazing students to participate in the Subs in Schools competition. The students did an oral and physical presentation and put the submarines that they had built from scratch through their paces in challenge. Our students put Goollelal on the map as leaders in the STEM field, with only one other primary school in the state participating. For your interest I have enclosed some information at the Subs in Schools program and some photos of the students on the day. Special thanks to Geoff for putting so much effort into supporting the students with the challenge.
My favourite part was the way the children had to problem solve throughout the day as the sub took on a little water and a myriad of other issues.
RE-Engineering Australia, in association with the Department of Defence (DOD) and a number of industry stakeholders have developed the “SUBS in Schools” program. The program is focused on engaging student interest in the technology of submersible vehicles and submarines and is built on the fundamentals of project-based learning.
Subs in Schools is structured on the same underlying fundamentals (pedagogy) successfully employed in the F1 in Schools™ (F1iS) program. F1iS has been successfully running in Australia since 2003 and has been proven to have a significant impact on the career decision choices of those students who take part.
Subs in Schools has been configured to support the delivery of educational content over an extended period. It is designed to extend over a complete school term at a minimum, but also provides students and teachers the opportunity to expand their learning experiences by being involved over multiple school terms or even multiple years.
The initial goals of SUBS in Schools were the following:
- Bring career relevance to STEM learning activities,
- Excite and encourage students to consider careers and a learning pathway related to STEM,
- Provide an alternative learning methodology for skills development in schools,
- Focus on building employability skills in students and thus provide them with better employment options,
- Facilitate a cross-curricular education environment to enhance the outcomes of the education system.
- Promote innovation and the development of entrepreneurship in young Australia.
- Develop skills in students which are directly transferable to industry roles,
- Increase the number of students taking up STEM based careers in support of satisfying the skills requirement of large-scale Engineering programs.
- Facilitate technology transfer from industry to the schools and community at large,
- Raise STEM career opportunity awareness within schools and the wider community along the way building the educational strength of schools in regional areas,
- Provide a catalyst for local industry to engage with the schools encouraging interaction and collaboration between schools, industry and the community,
- Encourage the collaboration between schools in the city and country areas,
- Use the power of Role Models to guide and support our youth in the process of career development,
- Ensure that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics becomes a part of the everyday language of students.
Kerry Hartmann | Deputy Principal