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BIG PICTURE PROGRAM- NON ATAR HSC

INTRODUCTION:

 

2015 introduced a new and exciting opportunity for interested students to complete their HSC course in a very different way. This new program is called the Big Picture Program. It is designed for students to gain a non ATAR HSC where the student, not only takes responsibility for his/her learning, but also has the opportunity to shape their learning.

KEY ELEMENTS of the PROGRAM :



Personalised education/HSC- Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
Follow your passions/interests as a focus for your learning
Project work
Share your own learning
Community and Family
Internship

INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLAN (ILP):



Each student will have a comprehensive Individualised Learning Plan which is created by the student with the guidance of teachers and parents. The Learning Plan identifies learning goals which shape authentic project work based on the student’s interest or passions.
Students take responsibility for their own learning through the process of working towards the goals they have set, continuous self reflection, focusing on the process of planning, doing and reflecting.
There are Five Learning Goals
1. Empirical Reasoning- How do I prove it?
2. Quantitative Reasoning- How do I measure it, compare or represent it?
3. Communication- How do I take in and express ideas?
4. Social Reasoning- What are other people’s perspective on this?
5. Personal Qualities- What do I bring to this process?

THE INTERNSHIP:



Central to this program is the internship where students work with Mentors from the community, further exploring their interests. They spend two days a week in the community/ workplace developing meaningful authentic project work, whilst they are exposed to workplace language, developing real life knowledge and further strengthen employability skills.

EVALUATION of STUDENT LEARNING:



Student learning and development is evaluated through a variety of performances, a portfolio of work and quarterly exhibitions and written in depth assessments of each student’s progress. Students present their work and learning through exhibitions which demonstrate their accountability for all facets of the Learning Plan. Student’s evidence of learning will reflect content covered whilst achieving outcomes in different subjects/courses, depending on their Individual Learning Plan. The coordinator will monitor and assess outcomes achieved.

THE ADVISORY: (Class/group)



There will be a limited number of vacancies as the program stresses in providing a personalised education in a small setting with real world learning. The group has one advisory teacher who manages all the learning plans and assists student learning. Other specialist teachers are utilised when needed. The group have ownership of their learning space, so they complete their school learning in the one classroom, which is set up very differently than the rest of school. The group help to design their learning space which contains individual work stations, a communal lounge area, a space set up for group tasks, and they have access to laptops and other resources. A true of sense of community is developed, equal standing and promoting a culture of trust, respect and care is essential. Everyone is seen as a leader, both students and advisory teacher.

FAMILIES are ENROLLED TOO:



Families play an important role in the student’s learning. From helping to develop the learning plan, to participating in learning plan meetings, involved in student exhibitions and school functions during the year. All stakeholders are invited to attend and provide specific feedback on the learners, their processes and products. These events connect the school, parent, student and the community, creating supportive networks beyond the classroom context.

HOW to ENROL in THE BIG PICTURE PROGRAM:



The only way to gain a placement in this program is to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) application available from the Careers Office OR at the school’s Front Office. Once you have handed in your completed EOI application to either Mrs Andrew OR at the Front Office, you will be asked to attend an interview with a family member.
Any questions: Please contact Mrs Andrew: Coordinator/ Careers Advisor - 8784 6024 OR 96018035
Email: jane.e.andrew@det.nsw.edu.au