Peel primary school students soak up academic program

Over the past few weeks 39 students from Lakelands, Meadow Springs, Oakwood and Singleton primary schools have been invited to take part in The Imagine Program.

The program, which has been a collaboration with local primary schools, is designed to provide academic extension for participants in the areas of humanities, English and arts or mathematics, science and technologies.

The program, which is being run for a second year, is popular among participants.

"The lessons have been really good. They are always fun and I like that they aren't strict, you kind of get to be in control of your learning and have some freedom to explore topics" Diya from Meadow Springs said.

Participants in the humanities and English program are exploring the concepts of equity and equality and are developing their analytical, creative and critical thinking skills by reading and watching Dr Suess' The Sneetches.

Participants in the mathematics and science program have been designing and building a chain reaction contraption, where by one action begins a series of chain reactions leading to a final action.

"Throughout the program we built a Rube Goldberg machine" said Archie, who was one of the program participants from Oakwood Primary School.

"Initially we designed the contraption and now we are building it, working it out and making changes as we go. We are working as a team with people from different schools, so it's been fun meeting new people.

"We've had to delegate jobs and find out what we are all good at and share materials with other teams which makes it really fun, but kind of a competition at the same time.

"The whole program has been really fun, I love it, we all love it and look forward to coming to Coastal Lakes each week to work on our project".

The program is delivered by specialist curriculum leaders at Coastal Lakes College.

"The Imagine Project has been put together to encourage students to develop their skills, collaborate with others and to challenge themselves," Coast Lakes College principal Kya Graves said.

"We want to start building these skills and aspirations now, so that when they get to high school, it's an easier transition for them."