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Year 7 & Year 8 Project Based Learning

December 10, 2021

Over the last seven days, the Year 7 and Year 8 students have been involved in an alternative end of year programme. The major part of this programme was Project Based Learning, students actively engaging in real world problems that allow them to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question or challenge. In addition to this, students participated in department-based activities that encouraged creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

Mr John Laurito
Deputy Principal – Excellence

Year 8 Stewardship Activities

From Monday 6 December to Wednesday 8 December, Year 8 students participated in a Stewardship rotation as part of their Project Based Learning Program to conclude a fun-filled year. Students worked in groups of three to research an Australian Capital City and plan a ‘sustainable day trip’ focusing on natural landscapes. Students uncovered hidden gems to invite domestic and international tourists into our Australian community. This was presented on a ‘Social Media Post’ template on Prezi that incorporated pictures, embedded videos and unique designs.

It was fantastic to see the collaboration, participation and engagement by students in this activity to carefully plan and experiment with different presentation tools.

A special thank you to Mr Laurito, Mr Panizza, Mrs Lyon, Mrs Pieretti, Mr Lyons- Nash, Mr Smith, Mr Kaye, Mrs Chew, Mr Eble, Miss Ashman and Mrs Moody for their support in helping to bring this wonderful project together.

Miss Andrea Ranalli
Religion Education Teacher

Years 7 & 8 Hour of Code Activities
Computer science is foundational. It is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills to prepare students for any future career.

The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. This challenge runs in over 180 countries and challenges are delivered in 45 different languages. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics.

Year 7 and 8 Chisholm College students joined the largest learning event in history during the week of 6 – 12 December, 2021 by completing two hours of activities in the Hour of Code Challenge. Students completed computational thinking challenges and then Year 7s also investigated Cyber Security while the year 8s learned about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and how it could be used to clean up our oceans.

Mrs Kerry Venus
Head of Business & IT

Below are the thoughts of some of the students who were involved:“The end of year programme provided an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and try something we might not have done otherwise. We participated in a range of activities, including coding, team games, a stewardship project, developing a vision for the future, and even making our own zine (mini magazine). Project Based Learning was a fantastic experience, and I believe it contributed to our overall learning in many ways.” – Riley Shafizedah 8O2

“The end of year programme was a great experience for my peers and I. We did multiple activities such as creating a zine, hour of code, team games, and vision for the future. These activities were a valuable learning experience, which will be useful for the future. This was a very enjoyable and incredibly productive programme that taught us new skills and brought our PCG group closer together. I hope the coming Year 8s enjoy this just as much as I did.” – Eva Lombardi 8P1

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