Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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44 EDUCATION SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 The Essington School Darwin is known as a centre of excellence or should that be eggcellence for its innovative programs and top-notch staff, giving students a chance to accomplish their dreams Bringing best and brightest ideas to Territory students THE Essington School Darwin has been recognised nationally and internationally for its outstanding educational outcomes and its innovative programs. After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Essington started 2015 with an emphasis on developing new international programs to further extend the curriculum and student outcomes. Its new strategic plan is designed to further enhance the schools programs, learning outcomes and facilities. In 2014 the school was accredited by Cambridge Uni versities Cambridge Education as a Cambridge International School. This allowed the school to introduce the Cambridge international curriculum and further enhance the delivery of the Australian curriculum. Students in the primary and secondary years will be including aspects of the British international curriculum in their daily studies this year. Principal David Cannon said this would allow students in coming years to sit for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in a number of subjects. Singapore, one of the top five countries on international education standards, uses Cambridge Education curriculum programs in all of its schools to gain its high learning outcomes on international assessments, he said. In addition, Essington is adopting the UK-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program. It will be the first school in Australia to embrace this program. STEM is an educational program that originated in the UK to extend the learning of students in science, technology, engineering and math ematics. The UK Government has long identified STEM education as a major priority at both school and university levels and sees STEM subjects as integral to the UKs success. It has spread to the US and other leading western countries in recent years. In recent months there has been increasing attention paid to STEM by the Australian Prime Minister and Industry Minister and some southern universities. Embracing the STEM philosophy and using it in our science, mathematics and technology classes will allow us to extend the curriculum in this area, Mr Cannon said. Extending the Schools science and mathematics curriculum at an international level will prepare our students for future careers in these important areas. In July last year, three teachers from the Essington School Darwin spent a week at the National STEM Centre in the UK at the University of York. They also visited best-practice STEM schools in the UK. To extend its programs in science and to integrate these into the STEM program, the Essington School Darwin has appointed Professor Grahame Webb as its scientist in residence in 2015. Professor Webb is recognised nationally and internationally for his research over 30 years on crocodiles. Professor Webb will be involved in lectures, class presentations, and teacher professional development programs at the school during the year. For further information about the Essington School and its programs, phone them on 8985 0100. Enrolments are limited and early enrolment is encouraged. We teach the NT curriculum and much more The ESSINGTON SCHOOL DARWIN P: 8985 0100 LOOKING FOR A QUALITY YEAR 7 TO 9 MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR 2015? LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE ENROL EARLY