The Gate classes have had a busy and fun filled year in 2016, culminating in a celebration at the GATE Presentation Night held on the 24th of November. The entire night was organised and run by the year 9 GATE students. Each group of students showcased their learning in Autonomous Learners throughout the year to Parents and other family members, and to the Principal Mr Ray Scott, Deputy Principal Mr Terry Consedine and Assistant Principal Mrs Isobel Jeftha. It was wonderful to see the wide range of projects the students have been working on this year and see how far they had progresses towards becoming autonomous learners.
The year 8 Gate students were excited about sharing their entries in the ‘Fair Go Ad Awards’. They had worked extremely hard to develop products from cycles bottles and develop five creative advertisements to submit to the competition. The students worked on weekends and during the school holidays and gave up many lunch breaks to complete all five ads to their satisfaction. They are very proud of their achievements and eagerly await their results.
The year 9 GATE students spent the first half of their year learning about the innovation process after which they worked on developing their own solutions to real world problems. Their work was entered into the ‘Young Innovator Awards’. A group of senior GATE students from year 10 – 13 met during their lunch hours, once a week to work on developing innovative solutions to identified problems. The students worked in mixed level groups with one of our senior groups taking third place in the senior section and wining the people’s choice award.