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Kingscliff High School

Kingscliff High School

Achievement through Endeavour

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Year 7 POD 2022

POD

An exciting and innovative approach to Year 7 secondary education at Kingscliff High School is starting in 2022.

Yr 7 students at Kingscliff High School will be in classes known as POD’s. These POD’s will allow specialist teachers to move across the various POD classes to engage students in all subjects, sharing their expertise and teaching. The POD staff are dedicated and committed to driving student learning through engaging and authentic cross curricula integrated learning and projects. This will ensure that we are celebrating individual growth through real world, respectful and passionate learning on Bundjalung land.

POD staff are a dynamic and diverse team of teachers who have committed themselves completely to the delivery of Yr 7 curriculum in 2022. The staff will work collaboratively to develop engaging units of work that incorporate deep and connected syllabus requirements across all KLA’s. The learning spaces will be dynamic and emphasize student and teacher collaboration while encouraging critical thinking skills, a safe place for creativity, and through Individualised Learning Plans, students will critically reflect on their learning journey.

POD teachers will utilise a brand-new way of teaching, working collaboratively to co-plan, co-teach and co-assess students in an exciting and engaging curriculum model with strong foundations in literacy and numeracy. POD learning will offer a unique way for students to begin their high school adventure by identifying their own educational pathway through the HPGE (high potential and gifted education) domains acknowledging individual skills in a variety of areas. Learning will be tailoring resources and cater to every student and how they learn. POD staff will support every student to achieve their educational potential intellectually, creatively, and via social-emotional and physical domains.

Learning is not just cognitive, it relies on the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. Teachers will engage with the 4C Transformative pedagogical learning and embed an understanding of the 9 dispositions and the value each of these bring to developing the whole person throughout their educational journey. Students will reflect on their strengths and yet to be strengths by looking at themselves as learners through the lens of these dispositions.

This innovative and exciting approach to delivery aligns with our School Improvement Plan (SIP) and each step of the way is mapped to ensure we offer the best possible educational opportunities for our students.

Over the past three years, our school has engaged in research based professional learning on how to improve student learning outcomes by first improving levels of authentic student engagement in learning. Interested parents may like to look at the following:

https://www.4ctransformativelearning.org/

https://futureschools.education/

In addition, we have visited and learnt from a number of other schools that have also sought to engage students more authentically in their learning and, in doing so, improve their school based learning outcomes while also improving their capacity to achieve success beyond school. Interested parents may like to look at the following:

https://kurrikurri-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/

https://lindfieldlearningvillage.schools.nsw.gov.au/

https://liverpoolb-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/

https://tc.vic.edu.au/

https://murwillumb-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/