Year 7 – Design Thinking for Learning

As published in the Term 2 'In Focus' article by Vice-Principal Mr Scott Elliss, “Design Thinking for Learning” (pp. 11-12), Year 7 students at both our Highton and Bellarine campuses will be participating in a unique and exciting learning experience in Weeks 8 and 9 of this term.

For these two weeks, regular core classes will make way for a dynamic cross-curriculum project that embraces:

  • The Design Thinking process of 'immersion', 'synthesis', 'ideation', 'prototype' and 'feedforward'.
  • A focus on three particular 21st Century skills – collaboration, problem-solving and self-regulation.
  • A real-world investigation into the issue of sustainability, utilising the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.
  • An assessment approach that acknowledges the learning process, not just the final product.

Sustainability takes on many forms, as evidenced by the fact that the UN has set targets in 17 different areas, including poverty, food security, renewable energy, responsible production and consumption, and resilient infrastructure and industry. Students will be guided through a process of selecting an area of sustainability of interest to them, identifying a specific problem at either a local or global scale and proposing a potential solution to that problem.

The project commences on Monday, 4th September and will conclude on Friday, 15th September when students are given the opportunity to 'pitch' their solution to a stakeholder from an organisation with a vested interest in sustainability. This is sure to be a thoroughly engaging fortnight for all our Year 7 students. The teaching staff responsible for implementing this unique curriculum are very excited to be working with the Year 7 students as they, as global citizens, take on the 'Big Issue' of sustainability and develop the necessary skills for the 21st Century environment.  

Further details for Year 7 families regarding the two-week program

  • Commences on Monday, 4th September and concludes on Friday, 15th September.
  • All Year 7 electives will run as normal during their regular timeslots.
  • LOTE Japanese and Indonesian will run as normal, except for classes on Monday, 4th September.
  • All other periods during the two weeks will be devoted to the Sustainability project.
  • Students are to wear full College Winter uniform each day, except on days when they would normally wear Sports uniform (for example, Wednesday Sport elective).
  • An excursion related to this project has been planned for the morning of Wednesday, 6th September. Details regarding this excursion have been sent to parents via email today.
  • A ‘finale’ celebration with lunch, held at Bellarine Campus for all Year 7 Highton and Bellarine students will be held on Friday, 15th September.

 

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