Penola Catholic College and University Partnerships
University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS)
We have been accepted into the University of Melbourne Network of Schools program for 2017-2019. We have also been successful in getting a grant of $16,500 per year for the three years to cover the registration costs of the program from Catholic Education Melbourne.
This program will enable us to make better use of student data and measure the impact of some of our initiatives particularly in terms of literacy and numeracy. It links in with the Powerful Learning program with the Theory of Action – Connect Feedback to Data.
Australian Catholic University
The overarching aim is to develop pedagogies to improve the achievement of lower SES students in physics, chemistry and biology from years 10-12. We will seek to do this though establishing discipline-specific visual and verbal literacies for cumulative learning in science pedagogy.
This will be achieved by:
- Determining the similarities and differences among the meaning-making resources of language and images in school physics, chemistry and biology and describing how these resources vary across years 10-12;
- Developing pedagogies where students actively inquire into and advance their understanding of progressively advanced scientific knowledge through infused discipline-specific visual, verbal and symbolic literacies leading to their critical appreciation and understanding of canonical scientific representations;
- Including in such pedagogies explicit attention to relating forms of representation involved in acquiring and displaying knowledge in the classroom to those required for written assessment tasks and examinations;
- Investigating how pedagogies incorporating critical investigation and exploratory and guided formulation of multiple forms of representation of science concepts can enhance students’ cumulative knowledge building from the junior to senior high school years.Project involves 3 other secondary schools
- Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
- Roxburgh College
- Brunswick Secondary College
LA TROBE University School Partnerships Program
Since 2014 La Trobe University’s School Partnerships Program (SPP) has been working with Penola Catholic College to embed a program in the school curriculum that informs students’ aspirations at our school.
Working together SPP and Penola Catholic College strive to increase student awareness of their potential to participate in higher education.
For 7-10 schools
A range of targeted activities have been developed that engage and link students and their school communities to the University. Created for Years 7 – 10, these activities are closely linked to curriculum and are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation and learning confidence.
Working closely with the School Engagement and Student Recruitment team, a program of interaction has been established that engages and links students and their school communities to the University. The program provides access to activities that are closely linked to curriculum and university applications. They are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation and learning confidence.
A range of targeted activities for Y10 have been developed that engage and link students and their school communities to the University Working with the School Engagement and Student Recruitment team a program of interaction for Y11 and 12 has been established that is closely linked to curriculum and university application. All activities are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation and learning confidence.
A range of targeted activities for Y7-10 have been developed that engage and link students and their school communities to the University. Working with the School Engagement and Student Recruitment team a program of interaction for Y11 and 12 has been established that is closely linked to curriculum and university application. All activities are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation and learning confidence.
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Victoria University Powerful Learning Program
- As part of the Curiosity and Powerful Learning project we agreed to take a 10 pre-service teachers each year for 2016 & 2017.
- The Masters of Education Pre-service teachers at Victoria University spent one day per week, on Tuesdays, at Penola Catholic College rather than at the University completing a project.
- They also taught classes for a total of 10 weeks over the year
- We hosted the delivery of 2 units in semester one on Thursdays. Glenroy College hosted the delivery in semester two. They were taught by a VU Lecturer.
- Six of our staff members were invited to address the students on various topics related to their studies and on some of the practicalities of teaching