What lies ahead for the BBI in 2019?

Committed to remaining abreast of world’s best practice in education, Djoowak: The Beyond Boundaries Institute (BBI) is fuelled in significant part by the synergies that come from its various partners. Such shared knowledge, research and practice help ensure the outstanding educational practice of ASC staff for our students.

In 2019 – the second year of the BBI at the College – our attention will focus on developing these opportunities and pathways that foster and celebrate our students’ individual skills, attributes, passions and ambitions; furthering the progress of our students’ achievement of personal excellence in the academic domains; and growing an entrepreneurial mindset.

This work is supported by a dynamic group of leaders from industry, business and higher education in the newly formed Beyond Boundaries Advisory Group, as well as global education leaders – Professor Yong Zhao and David Price OBE – the College staff, Catalyst (our Centre for Social Enterprise) and Propeller Industries.

The following is a taste of some of the curriculum projects we are focusing on in the coming year in order to continue to support the diverse needs of our students:

  • excellence for all with new data analytics that support teachers in personalising learning and progress;
  • developing further opportunities for entrepreneurial learning through Propeller Industries and a newly rebranded and redeveloped Creative Industries program for Years 7-10: Innovat[Ed];
  • building and launching our Precious Plastic plant to recycle plastics on campus and then create beautiful ‘new’ products;
  • implementing a newly reimagined STEM strategy, including very popular and new STEM electives in Years 9 and 10;
  • reimagining the Junior School Library as a hub for making, designing and literacy;
  • preparing for a more personalisable learning timetable that increases support for students’ individual talents and interests, specifically in Years 9 and 10;
  • improving our digital fluency.

The BBI team’s success so far lies in its commitment to working alongside each student, recognising his / her prior learning, brokering opportunities that best suit his / her passions, interests and talents, and so on.

The BBI also runs a responsive and world-class professional learning program for teaching staff. The program promotes a study of current best thinking and encourages debate and an exploration of ideas focused on how best we enhance the future possibilities of our global citizens and entrepreneurs.

Next week – Why a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship?