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Trinity News : December 2012
Is our reliance on science and technology a good or bad thing? Year 6 have considered these issues as part of the 2012 Junior School PYP Exhibition, also exploring questions such as What are the differing points of view regarding the use of science and technology? What influences our points of view and how do we make decisions around the responsible use of technology? Under the transdisciplinary theme of How the World Works, students explored the central idea that human use of science and technology has an effect on society and the environment. They studied a wide variety of scientific and technological endeavours to seek answers to these questions, exploring areas of robotics, sports science, genetic engineering, construction, medicine and information communication technologies. “The Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesising the essential elements of the PYP, and sharing them with the whole School community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.” - - Making the PYP Happen--A curriculum framework for international primary education 2009. As such it was very exciting to see the involvement of the whole School community on the night. Many visitors including Head Master and his Executive, School Councillors, staff from both Summer Hill and Strathfield campuses, visitors from other schools, parents, friends and mentors, came to support the students on the night. As the culminating event in the life of a PYP student, it was very pleasing to see the Year 6 boys engaged so deeply in an inquiry that was highly relevant and motivating, and to see them meet the high expectations that they had set for themselves. | Carolyn Rhodes