Junior College Celebration of Excellence 2017
The Junior College Celebration of Excellence Ceremony was held last week for Preparatory to Year 4 students and their families to recognise the outstanding achievements of students throughout the school year. As a symbol of progressing into Middle College, a special part of the ceremony was the Year 4 graduation whereby students completing Junior College walk over a bridge on stage to collect their certificates. The Ceremony was pirate-themed with each year level recognised as a precious jewel similar to what you may discover in a pirate treasure chest.
Sheldon College provides children with an exceptional learning program in the beginning stages of their education and ensures that they are given a strong platform for their future learning. Sheldon College has again produced outstanding results in the national tests under the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). In 2017, as in the previous nine years of this national test, Sheldon College produced outstanding mean scores compared with Queensland and Australia.
The Sheldon College Preparatory year has had a significant focus on developing an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum consisting of the Arts, Science, Mathematics and Engineering with a strong influence from technology. Preparatory programs encourage children to take educational risks and the children are now excited, engaged and active learners ready for the challenges of Year One.
Years 1 to 4 students are capable and competent to actively construct their knowledge and skills with a depth of understanding and thinking that can be generated when students actively engage in the learning process. This year Sheldon College young learners were engaged in hands-on, dynamic and purposeful learning opportunities with authentic links to real-life experiences.
Academic highlights for the year included a large proportion of students ranking in the top two achievement bands in the literacy and numeracy strands, as well as the ongoing development of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based initiatives. The use of new generation tools, and expansion of extra-curricular programs including UQ RoboCup, Kidpreneur Young Entrepreneurs Program, Maths Olympiad Competition and Chinese Mandarin Cultural Immersion Club all of which positively added to the student learning experience.
Read the Celebration of Excellence Report and celebrate the remarkable student achievements.