Cambridge Top 100 Innovative Schools
PLC Sydney named one of the Top 100 Innovative school worldwide by Cambridge University.
PLC Sydney is honoured to be recognised as one of the 100 most innovative schools worldwide by Cambridge University.
The College was invited to participate in their prestigious CAMBRIDGE STRATEGIES: INNOVATION 800 publication, which was released recently. Innovation 800 is an informative hard copy and digital publication that tells the story of eight centuries of innovative thinking. The publication features contributions from industry pioneers and commentators, as well as informative features, engaging insights and expert advice.
Dr Paul Burgis, Principal at PLC Sydney said “PLC Sydney is honoured to feature in this impressive project, which will help inspire the world’s next generation of innovators."
Cambridge University identified PLC Sydney as a highly innovative educator, for not only incorporating digital technologies, creative classroom design, and innovative pedagogy and programs into the College, but also for its comprehensive Service Learning Program, where students are encouraged from a very early age to engage with the community by undertaking volunteer work at various local and international institutions, according to their school year.
Earlier this year, PLC Sydney officially opened its new Junior School. The innovative Gateway Project incorporates the Hamilton precinct (new classrooms and large breakout spaces for Years 3 – 6); specialist Science and Technology Innovation Labs; Invertebrate House, Turtle Pond; food gardens; native (non-stinging) bee hotel, nature walkway and playground.
‘When initially rethinking the new Junior School, PLC Sydney was very keen develop a building with both intimacy and openness, one that demonstrates the positive impact of learning spaces on innovative teaching practices and student outcomes. We don’t just follow trends at PLC Sydney, we want to lead in education, and our new facilities and philosophy support this approach’ said Dr Paul Burgis, Principal at PLC Sydney.
‘Integrating Science and Technology and embedding these programs into meaningful, real world experiences for our Junior School students, has been a focus of our curriculum and specialist teachers for many years now. Part of the new development includes animal holding/breeding facilities for a selection of appropriate species, such as various praying mantises, the giant water spider, various grasshoppers, nails and turtles; with a view of inspiring our younger students with an interest in Science and wildlife conservation. We are also extremely pleased to be in consultation with experts from Taronga Zoo and have recently hired our own specialist Animal Exhibits Officers to work with our students on this exciting project’, said Dr Burgis.
The introduction of the new K-6 Science and Technology Syllabus in NSW has also brought an opportunity for students to develop their critical thinking and creative problem solutions skills in a variety of integrated learning contexts.
At PLC Sydney, this begins in the early years. In Pre-Kindergarten students begin developing computational thinking skills though experimenting with Bee-Bot movements. Students also engage in mini engineering challenges in development play by testing and refining Bee-Bot bridges, roads and structures. In Kindergarten and Year 1, students continue to develop computational thinking skills with Bee-Bots in integrated Mathematics and Science units. Students also begin to explore local community problems and begin to create prototypes of solutions related to their Geography and Science units of work using a variety of digital tools. Students are also introduced to visual coding blocks on their digital devices through ScratchJr. In the middle and upper primary years students are introduced to more sophisticated robotics including Dash and Sphero and the humanoid NAO robot ‘Ruby’ to further develop computational thinking concepts.
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To read more about innovation at PLC Sydney, our latest edition of Camphora Magazine focuses on the question of innovation. At PLC Sydney, we teach innovation so that students can be nimble, ready to face a changing political and social environment. And it is true — we do teach innovatively and innovation for this reason.
Click here to download PLC Sydney's bi-annual magazine, Camphora, featuring some of our stories of 'innovation'.
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Click to view students working with PLC Sydney's specialist Technologies and Innovation Coordinator, Ms Belinda Martins.