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SCHOOLLIFE

THE CANOBOLAS RURAL TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL

Canobolas High Performance Athletes (CHPA) program

WELCOME The Canobolas Rural Technology High School is embarking on a journey of innovation and change. We aim to showcase what education can look like in a 21st Century learning environment and we encourage you to come and see what we are doing within our school. With the generous support of Orange City Life, we will bring you regular updates on the successes of our flagship programs; Big Picture Education, STEM, Clontarf and The Canobolas High Performing Athletes Program (CHPA). These oneof-a-kind initiatives are exclusive within our region and are designed to provide our students with a unique educational experience whilst preparing them to excel in 21st century society. On this page is a brief outline of each of the programs on offer at The Canobolas Rural Technology High School. More information, photos and general news will appear in the following weeks to come.

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Big Picture? “ONE STUDENT AT A TIME IN A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS”

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n 2016 Canobolas Rural Technology High School launched a new design for learning – Big Picture Education. Big Picture Learning supports young people to become lifelong learners and productive and engaged members of the community. Already in 2016, students are demonstrating increased independence,

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STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) EDUCATION IS GAINING MOMENTUM IN AUSTRALIA, AND IS A KEY FEATURE OF THE PRIME MINISTER’S INNOVATION AGENDA.

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STEM projects based on real world issues including survival structures, water quality and food security. They use technologies like computer aided design and coding with 21st Century learning activities including collaborative group work and critical thinking to produce creative solutions to design challenge problems. These contexts and activities are guided by our Industry Partners. At Canobolas, we believe that STEM allows us to develop the skills and knowledge that students require to become employees of choice in a dynamic, innovative future economy here in Orange and the greater Central West.

ombining these key learning areas into integrated, project based learning activities can help engage students with authentic, relevant learning experiences. The Canobolas Rural Technology High School have developed, trialed and implemented a whole school approach to STEM, conducting action research for ACARA and the NSW Department of Education. This has led to the implementation of dedicated Stage 4 STEM classes for All of Year 7 and 8 that complement the learning in Science and Mathematics lessons. These are taught from a dedicated STEM learning space. Students undertake ten week

effective organisational skills and greater ownership of their education as they take control of their personalised learning journey. Each term, students and their advisory team (Advisory Teacher, Parents, Mentor), design Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) around their passions and interests, leave school once a week to do a “Shadow Day” or learn

through internships (LTIs) with mentors within the community. At the end of term, exhibitions showcase student learning while student progress is mapped to the curriculum by the Advisors who keep track of each individual’s learning goals. Students also reflect upon their progress in journals and receive feedback frequently.

The Canobolas High Performance Athletes (CHPA) program is designed to holistically support and develop students who excel in sports, dance or athletic domains. Students who participate in our CHPA program work with industry professionals in the area of Strength and Conditioning, Exercise and Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Sports Coaching. Students have access to state of the art exercise testing and training equipment; participate in individualised sports specific strength, speed, flexibility, power and aerobic endurance programs; extend and enrich themselves through experiencing elite sporting events; and are supported in academic study, assessment schedule management and planning and organisation.

Clontarf Academy The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society. The Canobolas High Clontarf Academy provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance. Full time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their educational needs. Using a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment, and a diverse range of activities, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence. The Foundation’s approach has been very successful, not only in attracting young men to school and retaining them but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles.

The Canobolas Rural Technology High School is committed to doing things differently. We are proud to be supporting the students and families of Orange and we encourage you to visit our website, www.canobolas-h. schools.nsw.edu.au or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ CanobolasRTHS or simply drop into our school to speak with the Principal or one of our staff. JUNE 9–15, 2016

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