As Semester One comes to an end, we reflect on the incredible opportunities and experiences the sparc framework as allowed for our students - Sparking Passion, growing Attributes and building Relationships to Contribute to the world. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page and watch numerous videos documenting the brave and bold journey here.
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary: Connection
The idea of exploring citizenship underpins the Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-Primary program. Through sparc, students are challenged to consider their place in the world by exploring genuine connections with, and showing care for, their friends and family, the community and the environment.
Year 1 and 2: Community Wonder Challenge
The Year 1 and 2 students have been looking at what it takes to make a community. Through a community system mission, teams are working on developing their critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaborative skills. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here for videos showcasing the learning through this multi-disciplinary experience.
Year 3 and 4: Someone Else's Shoes
Throughout Term Two, students have developed their understanding of how and why they should advocate for people in their community who live with a disability. Some of the learning through this sparc experience has included developing empathy, building perspective and practicing being an innovator who solves complex problems through dreaming, creating and lateral thinking. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here for videos showcasing the many steps that students have been a part of.
Year 5 and 6: Solutions to Problems
This term has allowed our students to make some choices about their journey through sparc. Students are half way through this journey which has included a range of innovative experiences from Body Mechanics to Making a Difference, Positive Impact Project, Enterprise, Robotics and Future Farming. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here for videos showcasing these choices.
Year 7: Leadership Passport Challenge
This experience has been created as a series of team-based challenges that build strong relationships and positive group dynamic, while encouraging students to reflect on their personal strengths and gain confidence in their ability to lead. Students have had to step out of their comfort zone and embark on their own leadership journey, while developing the target skills and attributes. Students are using a component of SPACE called Learning Moments to document their reflections and learning in real time. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here to access their Learning Moments, comment on their journey and view student interviews on the experience.
Year 8: Young Change Agents and Nxplorers
Term Two has been based on being a capable innovator and caring citizen. Students have been encouraged to think critically and creatively to be positive agents in the process of change. The Young Change Agents will be pitching their ideas to judges during the final weeks of this term and we look forward to sharing this experience in the following newsletter. The Nxplorers will continue to work through their journey of explore, create and change and eventually showcase this experience to a large audience through a SciTech exhibition in October. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here to see these experiences in action.
Year 9: Leadership Through Service Forum
The focus for this sparc experience has been on me as a citizen and me as a leader. Students have worked through a design thinking process to create a project that serves a group of young people and provides a solution to a chosen problem for young people in the Western Australian community. Collaboration, communication and ethical thinking are just some of the skills that have been developed through this experience as students have considered solutions to mental health issues, neurodiversity, alcohol abuse, parent and school expectations and homelessness to name a few. Visit the Parent sparc SPACE page here to see these experiences in action.
Year 10: Stepping Up
The Year 10 students have been considering their pathways for Year 11 and 12, as well as life beyond Perth College. The final two weeks of their term will culminate in individual pathway planning conversations and research time, a careers expo, learning conferences and finally, a presentation from Paul Litherland - a WA Police Officer for 20 years and creator of Surf Online Safe. Paul will talk to the students about the safe use of social networking applications, the legalities of sharing explicit images and intimate image abuse legislation.