As the school year draws to a close, the frenetic activity at the College increases. In these last two post-exam weeks, appropriately termed Challenge Weeks, students across the Year Levels are being challenged and enriched in a multitude of ways.
From the building and racing of Billy Carts in Year 7, to solving Forensic Crime in Years 8 (Humanities and Science), to utilising art, music, design, technology, script writing and performance to culminate in small group devised and themed short films in Year 9, to combining Physical Education and Mathematics to find the ideal sport for each individual in Year 10, these two weeks continue to bring to life the theory of classroom subjects and enable students to apply the theory to real life and realise this process with a final product. Each of these Year Level processes involved Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Innovation; the four important concepts that are absolutely necessary for 21st Century success.
In an article titled: “The Future of Work; Setting Kids Up For Success”, the concepts recognised as essential for success in a rapidly changing world, are:
Hard specialist knowledge skills like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, plus
Entrepreneurship, Art and Design
Soft people skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, connectivity, creativity and culture.
At Somerset, these concepts are put into practice every day in the academic classroom, in the Art, Drama and Music areas, on the Sports field and in so many multi-faceted ways. The activities of Challenge Week are just one case in point of this everyday occurrence at the College.
Most indicative of this entire College focus however, are the relationships that are built at the College between staff and students and between individual staff and individual students. These relationships are visible evidence of the transference of theory into practice, where Communication, Connectivity and Creativity are necessary for these relationships to flourish. And to cap this off, these relationships go towards building the positive culture that defines the Somerset Experience.
The education of our students (your children) is something that we take with the utmost seriousness at Somerset. It is our core business and in this 21st Century, due to our careful planning, reflection, professional development, strategic thinking and wise leadership, this education continues to flourish.