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BCGS Impact

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Students in Year 7 to 9 made a positive impact on the community and the environment during the School's first BCGS Impact Week in Week 10, Term 2.

The week was designed to prepare students with some of the skills and competencies essential for life after school, which cannot always be taught in the classroom.

Kathy Chiera, Deputy Head Academic, said it was a week of creativity, problem solving, innovation and teamwork with a focus on discovery learning.

“Students learnt new skills and developed their abilities to work in multi-age teams,” Mrs Chiera said.

“Some projects provided a great deal of scope for students to be creative, to think ‘outside the square’ and to develop new ideas. Other projects allowed students to become researchers, to be innovative and to use data to inform their thinking.”

The 15 projects included:

  • Rehabilitation of coastal ecosystems
  • Trees at a block in Stratham
  • Indigenous heritage and culture
  • Biodiversity
  • Electronics and coding
  • Creative writing
  • Social media marketing on Instagram
  • Reporting and journalism
  • Recycling
  • Constructing a native beehive
  • Building a mountain bike track at School
  • Making possum pouches
  • Building possum boxes
  • Pedal prix
  • Celebrating diversity

There was a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) tasks.

The research behind it:

Wagner (2010) and the Change Leadership Group at Harvard University identified a set of competencies and skills which they distilled into seven survival skills that students needed to be prepared for twenty-first century life, work and citizenship:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analysing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

“Knowledge has become a commodity. It is what we do with what we know that counts.” Professor Donna Cross

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it's not random.” Sir Ken Robinson