Enhanced Learning Opportunities

SPORT

Junior  Games:  Mrs Golding

Students who attend Junior Games will learn a new team sport each week. Students will spend the first half of each ELO session learning and practicing new skills necessary to participate in the sport. The second half of our ELO session will be spent engaging in the team sport, playing by the rules of the game and encouraging team mates. Students who attend Junior Games will have the opportunity to participate in Tee-Ball, Oztag, 6-A-Side Soccer, Traditional Indigenous Games, Cricket and more. 

Soccer:  Mr Wareing and Miss Angela

Game Play & Fitness

The following ELO is aimed at promoting and developing an interest in soccer among students. The ELO will aim to improve the following skills and characteristics of students who take part:

Skills

  • Dribbling and passing
  • Shielding and tackling
  • Shooting and goalkeeping
  • Speed and agility
  • Power and endurance
  • Ball control

Characteristics

  • Decision making
  • Responsibility
  • Anticipatory thinking
  • Perseverance
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership

This program will hopefully promote interest from students to pursue a spot within the school soccer team in coming terms.

Netball: Mrs Ryan and Miss Roach

Game Play, Coaching and Umpiring Skills

Over the coming weeks students will rotate within the netball team player, coaching and umpiring positions and learn skills associated with:

  • Shooting
  • Catching and Passing
  • Stepping
  • Positions
  • Movement
  • Hand and Leg warm ups (and why warming up is essential)
  • Defence
  • Footwork
  • How to be a successful team player
  • Coaching skills (leadership without prejudice)
  • Planning and delivering successful coaching sessions
  • Team management
  • Umpiring skills (controlling a game and commanding respect with dignity and kindness)
  • Organisation skills

 2 x teams of 7, 4 subs, 2 umpires. (Coaching role to be rotated each training session)

 

Dance: Ms Preston

During the ‘Enhanced Dance Opportunity’ sessions we will explore different types of dance styles and experiences. Some of the styles will include:

  • Traditional English barn dance
  • Jazz
  • Zumba

We will also draw on the histories, traditions and styles of dance from a range of places and times including dance from Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the Asia region, and other world cultures.

Through choreographing our own work, we will also consider how dance can communicate messages and challenge ideas about issues and concepts such as sustainability.

We will hopefully be able to showcase our dance skills to an audience at the end of a dance unit!

Students need to wear their sport uniform, have bare feet and bring their water bottles. 

SERVICE

Community Connections:  Mrs Hemmings and Ms Back

Our aim is in the name of our group. We want to foster connections with our community and give back in a small way. We want to link in to the community and be in a position to be of service to others. It is a known fact that if we feel connected to something, we are more committed to the cause. Everybody has a story to tell so it may mean just leaning in and listening to an older citizen at an old age home or a young citizen at the start of their journey eg. at Kindy.

Our giving back to the community may include: 

  • RSPCA 
  • Beach regeneration/clean-up 
  • Old Age Homes
  • Kindy
  • Community organisations
  • Other schools etc.

Gardening:  Mrs du Toit, Seonaid Melville, Charlotte Wensley and Karen Simkins

The aim of this Gardening ELO project is to undertake planting of native species in order to enhance the College grounds, benefit our local wildlife and encourage an appreciation of our native plants and animals amongst the students. Students will also be involved in monitoring the birds and mammals in our nesting boxes, propagating plants, seed collection and seed sowing.

 

Initially we will revegetate an exposed and unused area of our school grounds in order to enlarge the Middle School play area, whilst also benefitting our native birds. Students will actively participate in soil preparation, including soil testing, replanting native habitat, monitoring the site and plant growth rates.  They will also be data collection on resident bird populations as part of a long-term commitment by our teaching staff and Sustainability Committee to embed ecology studies into our curriculum.

 

We are fortunate to have the assistance of Charlotte Wensley who has already done so much to enhance our school grounds and buildings and Seonaid Melville, who has a PhD in Botany and a nursery at the college.

 

ENRICHMENT PROJECT GROUPS

Mathematics Extension:  Mr Dupuy

The main aim of the ‘Math Enrichment Program’ is to increase the student’s interest in mathematics by engaging in activities that develop a sound mathematical understanding and to engage in challenges that will enhance the mathematical problem-solving skills of the students. The program is suitable for a broad range of mathematically talented students.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • lateral thinking and logical deduction problems
  • conundrums
  • chess
  • mental math workouts

The ‘Math Enrichment Program’ helps students develop advanced problem-solving skills in an interactive environment full of fun games, stories and puzzles.  All activities will have the following elements in common:

  • meticulously-designed games, stories and puzzles;
  • emphasis on logical thinking, abstract reasoning, mental arithmetic and an understanding of mathematical tools; and
  • use of visual and physical devices to teach advanced concepts

 

 Film Making: Mrs Bell

Students will learn the fundamental techniques of film making including:

  • Story structure- how to create a great story driven by plot points
  • Story boarding- planning your story before filming
  • Different camera angles and shots, and why they are used to enhance story telling
  • Types of lighting and sound effects/music to enhance meaning

Students will be expected to create an original 3 -5-minute story during the ELO course for inclusion in the PBC Film Festival. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning of basic film making by using a story board to plan their narrative, and a range of visual/sound techniques to enhance their film’s meaning and visual appeal to audiences.

Students should already know how to use iMovie or equivalent software prior to this course.

 

Writing/Literacy Extension: Ms Machin

The Writing/Literacy Extension ELO is aimed at students who would like to enhance their writing skills. Both analytical and creative writing styles may be covered, depending on the interests of those who select this ELO. With regards to the latter style, topics covered would include:

  • how to find an idea for a story
  • writing prompts
  • how to develop characters, setting and place
  • the ingredients of a story
  • the basics of story structure
  • effective writing techniques
  • how to edit your writing

At the conclusion of this Enhanced Learning Opportunity, each individual will have written at least one piece of extended writing.

Student Leadership Team:  Mr Kennedy

Leadership is about the art of motivating, influencing and directing people so that they work together to achieve the goals of a team. It is important for our Student Leadership Team to meet regularly to discuss, voice, decide, promote, organise and review student run initiatives and participation. The Student Leadership Team will implement the following framework to foster leadership potential and to nurture student involvement in the school community.

The framework for the PBC Student Leadership Team encompasses:

  • Leadership in action
  • Leadership style
  • Team culture
  • Discipline
  • Vision
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Resolving conflict
  • Understanding and managing change

Students will be encouraged to create an action plan, to implement a new initiative or resolve a long-term issue that they care about. We want to provide guidance, autonomy and trust to empower our student leader’s further development.

(The Student Leadership Program is considerate of student time, ensuring that ELO time will be made available for leadership activities, whilst not impacting on academic endeavour).

Art/Drawing:  Ms Carpenter

During our ‘Enhanced Drawing Opportunity’ sessions, we will be focussing on the following concepts:

  • Using charcoals effectively
  • Manga drawing
  • Drawing in proportion
  • Sketching in pencil
  • Patterns and colours (including using water soluble pencils/crayons to enhance sketches)
  • Lines, shapes and spaces
  • Illustrations to enhance writing/comics/articles
  • Free drawing element weekly - based on concepts and skills that you have been learning
  • EXPO – possible art gallery for families at the end to showcase skills acquired

 (Materials – to be supplied by the teachers)

CONNECTIONS

 Student Support:  Mrs Adler and Miss Georgia

Student support is a teacher directed learning opportunity with the main aim being to further support students in our College. All students will have access to the program, however, times and supports will be negotiated between parents and teachers.

 

  • Learning support will be available to all students who may benefit from the pre-teaching and/or consolidation of concepts being taught in their classroom. Teachers will contact Mrs Adler to arrange a time.

 

  • Lego based play- Legos can help develop and reinforce language, play, and social skills such as: social communication, joint attention, task focus, language (understanding language and using it), sharing and turn taking, problem solving and working as a team. Lego based play will have a small group focus.

 

  • Zones of Regulation-Will be taught alongside Lego based play. This curriculum is geared towards helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to recognise when they are in different states called “zones” and explore cognitive strategies, calming techniques and sensory supports, to build up a toolbox of methods to use between each zone.

 

  • Video Modelling-Video modelling is used to support students learn new skills, for example; social, communication and play. Video modelling is motivating and allows for students to focus on one aspect of a skill or behaviour at a time. Students will work with Mrs Adler and Miss Georgia to create a video ‘bank’ of behaviours or skills that some students may find challenging (turn-taking, saying hello, joining a game).

 

  • Individual Counselling- Available to students who would like some individual counselling or problem-solving assistance with personal or school matters. Students can self-refer or be referred by their teacher or parent. Counselling sessions can be arranged by emailing g.cook@pbc.qld.edu.au.

Meditation: Ms May

Our meditation and relaxation sessions, we will be focussing on stilling the mind and body using some of the following concepts:

  • Focusing on breath.
  • Using guided imagery to relax
  • Body ‘walks’ using contraction and relaxation of muscle groups.
  • Mantras or use of sounds to aid relaxation and concentration.

The meditation ELO will run for approximately 50 minutes with sessions focussing on rest and relaxation and in learning techniques that will relax the mind and body. Teachers will select students for the Meditation program – with Junior, Middle and Senior Secondary sessions operating on a rotational basis.

Homework Club:  Miss Bell

The aim of the ‘Homework  Club’ is for students to complete their set homework or assessment tasks that are given by their classroom and / or subject teacher(s). Students will work independently; however, there may be opportunities whereby students are required to collaboratively work together. Support will be given by the ‘Homework Club’ teacher and students are encouraged to seek assistance when necessary.

Should students require the use of an electronic device to complete their homework or assessment tasks, the use of this will be carefully monitored.