Junior School of the Year – Award Finalist

Posted on June 4, 2018

St Paul’s School is thrilled to have been nominated as the best Junior School (Non-government) in Australia.

Over the past few years, the School has embraced a culture of innovation and has pioneered new curriculum and pedagogies that have set the standard for education in Queensland.

Commenting on the nomination, Director of St Paul’s Junior School, Marianne Connolly said: “This is wonderful recognition of the amazing work put in by both our teachers and students.

“To be recognised in this way is thrilling and is a real validation of the approach we take in the Junior School to help every student reach their full potential.”

One of the primary factors in St Paul’s being nominated for this award was the creation of an entire new curriculum unit called: Immersion Studies Time.

At one stage, ACARA required Junior Schools in Australia to add an extra seven subjects to their classrooms, but St Paul’s did not want to lose its unique Junior School culture.  The School sought to meet this requirement while also seeking to embed creative and design thinking into the curriculum.

The result was the integration of multiple subjects across a single project – IST.  For example, in 2017, Year 6 students were given the provocation: what is poverty? The resulting subject covered science, maths, economics, anthropology, geography and sustainability. Schools from across Australia have been impressed by IST and are seeking to replicate it.

The inaugural Australian Education Awards recognise the outstanding work of Australia’s best schools, principals, teachers and department heads, and the winners will be announced August. A comprehensive process involving nominations, industry research and finalist submissions will precede the event with all award winners to be determined by a judging panel comprising education industry leaders.


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