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Extension Programs for high achieving students

  1. STEM Coordinator:  Algester Primary School has a dedicated staff member who is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Coordinator.  This teacher arranges the Digital Technologies including the Coding Curriculum at the school for all of our students.  Algester Primary School has a Digital Technologies Curriculum for Prep - Year 6 students.
  2. Upper Two Bands Champion:  Algester Primary School has another dedicated member of staff who advocates for the students who achieve just below the top of the class and provides assistance and challenges for these students to raise their performance to the top two academic bands.  In 2018, this teacher is focusing on students in Yrs 2-5.
  3. Age Appropriate Strategies in Prep:  Algester Primary School is leading the way in the local area in introducing a new Age Appropriate Strategies approach to the Prep & Year 1 Curriculum.  Age Appropriate Strategies present the curriculum in varied and developmentally appropriate ways to young children that ensure they are well engaged and able to undertake the cognitive tasks placed on them.  Learning is challenging, fun and future focussed.
  4. IMPACT Booster Project:  Several of our students in Years 2-5 are selected to participate in online learning projects that are designed to stretch students in Numeracy.  Algester Primary School has committed $25 000 of funds in 2018 to fund students participating in these exciting learning projects.
  5. ONLINE Reading Project:  Our Year 4 students are undertaking for the first time in 2018, a school developed iTunes U Course to assist them with their Reading Comprhension. 
  6. Coding Classes:  All students in Years 5 & 6 are taught how to code using iconic block programming tools that can be utilised to create designs, animations and simple games.  Students have opportunities to be extended to create sophisticated code if they have an appitude for it.  Tutorials are available for students to move to more universal code such as Python as they progress to high school if that is what they desire.  The future is now and kids love to code.  In 2018, the school will be introducing the coding of drones to Year 6 students.
  7. Coding Club:  Algester has several lunchtime clubs to support students to learn to code. 
  8. Robotics Lessons:  All students learn to make and program simple robots at Algester Primary School in Years 2 & 4.  They can make their robots move through mazes, make sounds and react to their environment.  Students can progress to more sophisticated levels if they have the capability. 
  9. Algester Primary School has implemented a whole school Bring Your Own Device program from 2018.   Children bring their own iPad to support their learning.  These devices are used extensively as part of the children's learning.  They are not just replacements for traditional pen and paper practices, as these devices allow for transformative 21st Century Learning to take place.  Students often App Crash (use several Apps at once) to produce learning products that are multimodal, collaborative and rich in creative design and expression.  Students in these classes are well engaged in their learning and learn to analyse, synthesize and create learning to stretch themselves.  The devices are used between 40 - 60 % of the school day. The school has also formed close partnerships with Apple Education to develop our support for these devices and are currently on a journey to become an Apple Distinguished School.  The school provides devices that are shared between two students for those children that are unable to provide their own devices.
  10. Differentiation:  The teachers at Algester plan for differentiated learning, where they teach to the individuals within their classrooms as well as the curriculum.  This means we are focused on what your child needs for their next steps of their learning.
  11. Digitial Technologies Curriculum:  Algester Primary School has adopted the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and our students are learning about the numerous elements that bring technology into our lives.  This curriculum is optional for Queensland but one in which Algester Primary School continues to engage in for its students.  Together with our coding, robotics and iPad programs you can be assured that your students will experienced cutting edge 21st Century Learning at Algester Primary School.
 

 Algester Primary School pushes the boundaries of learning.

 
 

 Lighthouse School

 

Algester Primary School believes in the potential of every student to grow.

All students can develop their learning given the right learning and nurturing environment.

We believe the lighthouse of each class is the individual who showcases their skills, knowledge and talents to others so they can learn along with them.

We provide opportunities for extension for all students to progess their learning in their current classroom, clubs and interest groups.

We cater for individuals within classrooms who are gifted and talented to stretch them beyond their limits.  Some programs run outside of the classroom or students are sometimes put in higher classes for some subjects to extend their learning.

The school has a formal identification process for gifted and talented students that is recognised by Education Qld.

Algester Primary School believes in the potential of every student.  We also believe in the need for diversity within collaborative learning just as it is within workplaces to ensure that creative innovation can occur.  For these reasons, we challenge the practice of placing high performing students together in special classes.  Research doesn't back such programs.  Instead, come and visit Algester Primary School and see how we can help your bright child to grow and flourish within a mainstream classroom environment.  You will be astounded at what we offer!