Gungahlin College
ACT Government School
Coeducational Years 11 & 12
(with a selective Year 10 SMART program)
Principal: Ga...
2011 College opened with 300 students in Year 11
2012 670 students Years 10,11,12
- First year of the selective Year 10 SM...
Nationally recognised flagship school
• Excellence in teaching and learning
– Teacher excellence in their field
– Exemplar...
Industry Standard Specialist Facilities
•Performing Arts Theatre (seats 450)
•Lecture theatre (seats 80)
•Specialist Scien...
Welcome to Gungahlin College
http://youtu.be/L9TheLJsRYk
Year 10 SMART
Science
Mathematics
and
Related
Technologies
Year 10 SMART program
• 2014 will see the first group of Year 10 students graduate Year 12.
• Studying full time at Gungah...
Studying genetics with
Dr Peter Chandler
from CSIRO
Nuclear Physics – Australian
National University (ANU)
Canowindra Fiel...
Mechatronics
State of the art facilities –Mechatronics lab
Science Honours Program
• Open for all students undertaking at least one science major.
• Lectures each term by prominent ...
Engineering Games – 2nd in Hovercraft and 1st in Mousetrap Racer
Questacon Trainers programTEDx Canberra
Dr Rosyln Prinsely, National Adviser, Maths and
Science Education and Industry, Office of the Chief
Scientist presents two...
Honours Lectures
Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt
Dr Naomi Mathers -
Astrophysicist
NASA Administrator Charles Bolde...
Jake Coppinger -Year 11
• CSIRO CREST Award – GOLD
• BHP Billiton Science & Engineering
Awards – 3rd
• Australian Represen...
How is Gungahlin College making a difference?
• Focus on quality teaching
• 2014 AITSL “Learning Frontier” design hub in A...
Six “illustrations of practice” on the AITSL website
http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/Illustrations/Details/IOP001...
Our greatest successes so far, lie in…
• Developing an innovative school culture that
encourages risk taking
• Access to t...
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Gai Beecher & Lisa Pluis delivered the presentation at the 2014 STEM Conference.

The STEM Education Conference in 2014 looked not only at some of the key advantages and critical gaps in STEM education but also explore the policy and strategy settings that can enable participation and quality learning of STEM.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/STEMConf2014

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Gai Beecher & Lisa Pluis - Gungahlin College - School Showcase: Gungahlin College Inspiring senior secondary students in the areas of Science and Engineering at Gungahlin College, ACT

  1. 1. Gungahlin College ACT Government School Coeducational Years 11 & 12 (with a selective Year 10 SMART program) Principal: Gai Beecher Director of Science: Lisa Pluis
  2. 2. 2011 College opened with 300 students in Year 11 2012 670 students Years 10,11,12 - First year of the selective Year 10 SMART program - First graduating Year 12 cohort 2013 780 students 2014 920 students - First cohort of Year 10 SMART to graduate Year 12 2015 estimated 1050 students
  3. 3. Nationally recognised flagship school • Excellence in teaching and learning – Teacher excellence in their field – Exemplary teaching practice – Use of technology in all classes • Excellence in facilities and design for teaching and learning in the 3rd millennium – 2012 CEFPI design award for an educational facility – 5 Green star energy rating
  4. 4. Industry Standard Specialist Facilities •Performing Arts Theatre (seats 450) •Lecture theatre (seats 80) •Specialist Science laboratories including Mechatronics lab •Dance, drama and music studios •Photography, Media and TV studios •Art studios with sculpture garden •Hospitality kitchen •Specialist Woodwork and Metalwork facilities •Gymnasium with fitness laboratory •Joint use Library
  5. 5. Welcome to Gungahlin College http://youtu.be/L9TheLJsRYk
  6. 6. Year 10 SMART Science Mathematics and Related Technologies
  7. 7. Year 10 SMART program • 2014 will see the first group of Year 10 students graduate Year 12. • Studying full time at Gungahlin College • Selective program open to all students across the ACT • Application, entry test, interview • Quality teaching and learning with like minded students • Preparation for tertiary entrance in fields, Science, Mathematics and Engineering • Access to Year 11 curriculum • Students study the following courses English Mathematics Biological Science Physical Science PE IT (at Year 11 level) Elective (at Year 11 level)
  8. 8. Studying genetics with Dr Peter Chandler from CSIRO Nuclear Physics – Australian National University (ANU) Canowindra Field Trip SCIENCES
  9. 9. Mechatronics State of the art facilities –Mechatronics lab
  10. 10. Science Honours Program • Open for all students undertaking at least one science major. • Lectures each term by prominent speakers • Science competitions • Science activities: – Questacon trainers program – Engineering Games – NYSF – CREST, ….
  11. 11. Engineering Games – 2nd in Hovercraft and 1st in Mousetrap Racer Questacon Trainers programTEDx Canberra
  12. 12. Dr Rosyln Prinsely, National Adviser, Maths and Science Education and Industry, Office of the Chief Scientist presents two students with their Top Scorer award for the Big Science Competition. 2013 titration Team, 2 Gold medals and a silver medal at the Nationals. Science and Engineering Challenge Jake Coppinger – Gold CREST award, 3rd BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards
  13. 13. Honours Lectures Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt Dr Naomi Mathers - Astrophysicist NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. Larry James, Deputy Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Emeritus Professor Charles Krebs
  14. 14. Jake Coppinger -Year 11 • CSIRO CREST Award – GOLD • BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards – 3rd • Australian Representative at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles http://youtu.be/9PwltXKtkKk
  15. 15. How is Gungahlin College making a difference? • Focus on quality teaching • 2014 AITSL “Learning Frontier” design hub in ACT • Hand picked staff with the 3 E’s – expertise – enthusiasm – energy
  16. 16. Six “illustrations of practice” on the AITSL website http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/Illustrations/Details/IOP00171
  17. 17. Our greatest successes so far, lie in… • Developing an innovative school culture that encourages risk taking • Access to the experts • Integration of technology • Online Learning Management System that students and teachers (actually) use • Supportive pedagogy around personal learning devices • Knowing our students and how they learn

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