Taroona High School 11/12 Extension Project
2021 is an exciting year for Taroona High School as we continue to develop our innovative and engaging program for Year 11 and 12 students for implementation in 2022. Our learning design and courses will continue to be developed in close partnership with The University of Tasmania and emerging Tasmanian industries.
We are committed to developing seamless pathways for learners through years 9-12 and beyond which relevant to Taroona High School students and Tasmania. Initially, we will focus on two key industry areas, however our learning design is equally applicable to any areas of innovation and industry partnership.
The purpose of our work is clear: to develop learning for and with our students to raise achievement, aspiration and retention.
Our learning design will be designed around authentic real-world projects which will be developed and co-delivered with our industry and University partners. Our future learning will be:
- Technology rich
- Rigorous- TASC accredited (new and existing courses)
- inter-connected – across traditional subject lines
- Highly collaborative
- Highly engaging- though recruiting interest and providing a clear pathway from years 9-12
We have now established a Project team comprising teachers from a diverse range of learning areas, including Ms Yarnah Pearce, Mr Tyler Richardson, Mr Mark Morffew, Ms Kate McWhirter and Mr Dominic Mc Sweeney and soon, we will be calling for a team of motivated students to join the team.
Partnerships with industry and higher education are being developed to design the learning modules which are relevant to local industry and academic priorities and interests; employing industry and academic experts to work with our teaching staff to plan and deliver learning to our students. Year 10’s will be invited to trail this in the latter half of 2021, for full delivery to Year 11 and 12 students in 2022.
We have been engaging in productive discussions with The University of Tasmania to develop a partnership that will provide our students with ongoing collaborative relationships with University experts. University staff will be key team members in the development and delivery of the courses.
One of the obvious challenges for us is space for additional students on our campus. In consultation with the Department of Education’s Facilities team we are investigating alternative venues for our students, which has the added benefit of placing our learners nearer to our industry partners. We are currently working with UTas to explore possible facilities on their sites.
After exploring our inquiry question of: What do our learners need to be successful? We have designed our learning to develop the skills and dispositions of:
- Organisational Skills and agency- independent thought and take responsibility for their own learning, managing their workload and working collaboratively and inter-dependently with peers and mentors.
- Empathy and Advocacy - ability to identify and explain and act on an issue through a range of perspectives and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources which they will use to solve problems.
- Growth mind-set and grit- They will understand the importance of a growth mindset when setbacks inevitably occur, and they will seek out new challenges.
- Problem-solving and Entrepreneurial behaviours-
We are excited to work with our students, families and the wider community as we develop our 11/12 program and welcome questions and suggestions.
Dr Gillian Wallace
Extension Schools Project