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Celebrating with Year 10 - Personal Project Exhibition




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Week 2, Term Four, 2018

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Year 10s began Term Four with their Personal Project Exhibition. On Wednesday night in the first week, they welcomed Year 9 students and their parents to the Great Hall, where they shared their experiences and project wisdom, as Year 9 themselves set off on their personal project journey.

The cohort then celebrated the conclusion of the Exhibition with parents and senior staff on Thursday night. The Great Hall was certainly a frenzy of creativity, passion, enthusiasm and achievement. Our Year 10s undoubtedly excelled and were keen to share their accomplishments with those who joined them.

If you managed to walk through the hall and look at the exhibits last week, I am sure you would agree the standard of presentations was simply a credit to all involved. So many standouts, ranging from Danish Lighting, dress-making, model building, fabulous sculptures, photography and coffee table books, amazing creative artwork, including fine arts projects, music compositions, purpose designed and build cricket bats and tennis rackets, a short novel, heartfelt recipe books detailing family favourites, a rocket building and launching, renovated boats, cars and motorcycle, jewellery making including traditional Victorian necklaces, incredible videos focusing on topics ranging from self-image, cerebral palsy and a variety of sports, a Rubik’s cube designed image of Buddha, motorised push bikes, sport programs for elite athletes, service projects, a flight simulator; computer builds, handmade make-up and beauty products and sport uniform designs… the list is endless and represents the many varied interests and talents of our students.

To put this journey in perspective, the Personal Project is a requirement for students in the fifth year of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The project itself encourages students to practise and strengthen their skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The Personal Project provided an excellent opportunity for our students to produce a truly personal and creative product or outcome, which demonstrated consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The personal nature of the Project is important, given we are asking Year 10 students to complete an assessment over a nine month period – the fact that it revolves around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student is what makes the final outcome so impressive. So to all those students who were standing proud next to their products on Wednesday and Thursday evening, who worked diligently on their online blog and willingly shared their personal stories about their journey with others, we congratulate you. We recognise it is a mighty achievement that did at times seem daunting, yet you reached the end through determination, self-motivation and tenacity. All great skills to take you forward into Year 11!

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