Raymond Terrace Public School listed as one of the top Innovative Schools in National list

Caleb Whitter, Jackson Cheetham and Oska Greentree.
Caleb Whitter, Jackson Cheetham and Oska Greentree.

 

RAYMOND Terrace Public School is leading the way in terms of innovative educational programs designed to help our children live and work in a world full of technological advancements.

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“The Educator” magazine recently published their “Innovative Schools List” which is limited to only 40 schools Australia-wide, with Raymond Terrace Public being the only Hunter Valley based school making this illustrious list.

Raymond Terrace Public School was selected for this prestigious list due to their computational approach to whole-school learning models, through the intensive training opportunities provided to their teachers, whose students then benefit from these learning and training experiences.

With an inquiry-based learning approach, students are encouraged to learn through new and exciting pathways of discovery and problem solving.

Raymond Terrace Public School teacher Bernadette Van De Wijgaart told News Of The Area, “We received this award for our excellence in 21st Century Learning.”

“Our students from Kindergarten to Year six are accessing the curriculum in inventive ways, using Spheros, Ozobots, Lego EV3 Riley Rovers, Beebots, Dot and Dash, coding programs like Scratch, Tynker and so on.”

“We recently completed MoonHack 2017 and became part of a world record code breaking group. We are competing in Lego Robotics FIRST Lego League competition in Term four.”

This has been possible through Raymond Terrace Public School’s teachers taking the opportunity to undertake training to help develop their computational thinking skills.

As this award attests, the students are definitely reaping the benefits and rewards of this concerted effort by the teaching staff at Raymond Terrace Public.

Who knows what the future may bring?

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

Students pictured with EV3 Lego Robotics. These computers have a larger 'brain' than the computers inside the Apollo Spacecraft which took man to the Moon.
Students pictured with EV3 Lego Robotics. These computers have a larger ‘brain’ than the computers inside the Apollo Spacecraft which took man to the Moon.

 

Caleb Whitter, Jackson Cheetham and Oska Greentree with some of the robotics equipment.
Caleb Whitter, Jackson Cheetham and Oska Greentree with some of the robotics equipment.

 

Students working with some of the activities.
Students working with some of the activities.

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