ESHS Extension Program
REGISTER NOW FOR ENDEAVOUR’S EXTENSION CLASS TEST FOR THOSE ENTERING YR 7 IN 2021
Below is the link for the online registration form for Endeavour’s Extension Class test for those entering Year 7 in 2021. The test will be held on Tuesday 24th March at 9:30am. Students are to bring a pencil case and wear their primary school uniforms.
The opportunities for extension in the secondary school are many and varied. Endeavour’s commitment to student extension and acceleration is inherent in the programming within each KLA, where attention to the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy is a priority.
The following subject summaries are an outline of what we currently offer and each course is subject to change and modification according to the interests, cognitive level and ability of students.
It is good practice to regularly review and modify the curriculum to extend each student’s individual needs and include new initiatives and programs for more personalized programming as they become available.
Students in Years 7 & 8 program have the following opportunities:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative where learning is project based and the classroom is student-centred as opposed to teacher-centred.
There is a significant emphasis on Problem solving and peer collaboration to find innovative solutions to real world problems. The teacher plays the role of guide and facilitator of the learning taking place. Activities involve problem-solving, discovery and exploratory learning.
STEM seeks to inspire students to become excited by what they are learning in the classroom and motivate today’s students to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow:
- Big Science Competition
- Field trip to the “Living Worlds” Science facility at Sydney Olympic park to enhance the student’s work from the syllabus on ecosystems. In these exploratory science excursions, students use scientific techniques and experiment with producing renewable energy. On this engaging science field trip, students:
- collect data on abiotic and biotic factors in the wetlands
- evaluate human impact on these resources
- observe interactions between organisms and use their data to construct food chains
Our students also participate in regional STEM competitions held at the ANSTO facility in Lucas Heights. In 2019, our extension group placed second in Sydney and first in the Sutherland Shire Schools Network. This success was publicised by the Leader on the 29th of March 2019. For the full article, view the link provided below under ‘Success in STEM’.
Students have the opportunities to participate in:
- Chess Club run by the Mathematics Faculty
- Mathematics Tutorials and early morning Mathematic class for extension
- Australian Mathematics Competition & the ICAS Mathematics Competition
- Hotmaths is a new program has been implemented especially for the extension class. It is an interactive website where our staff can set tasks, homework and extension activities for the students. They can also monitor homework and completed tasks by logging in as the administrator. All of the content on the website is linked to the curriculum and they draw their questions from various textbooks and the syllabus.
- CHOOSEMATHS is a project-based initative for year 7 & 8 Students in the extension class. Awards provide the opportunity to acknowledge student achievement in communicating their love of mathematics. Students will collaborate in small teams to create videos around this year’s theme ‘MATHS IS OUR FUTURE’. Thirty winning teams will receive prizes ranging from $200 to $2000
- Enviromaths Field trip to the Botanic Gardens. This is undertaken in Term 2. Students will learn and apply mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in a practical way, and to appreciate and value mathematics as an important part of their lives
- Incursions also provided are World of Maths and Inquisitive Minds where students undertake group-based projects to solve problems, patterns, pictures and puzzles. During this workshop, students participate in an interactive lesson on strategic problem solving. They then work on a series of original hands-on problems. Finally, students are given the opportunity to consolidate their learning with a take-home collection of Australian Mathematics Competition questions.
Students participate in:
- external narrative writing & poetry competitions held by the UNSW and GATSTA (Gifted and Talented Secondary Teachers Assoc),
- involvement in short story competitions is highly encouraged. There are a number of initiatives available for students to enter. In Terms 2 or 3 the students have the opportunity to undertake either an incursion from the ‘Future Film Stars Cannes Program” or an external field trip to the AFTRS (Australian Film and Television Recording Studio) to learn about Film-making. Both workshops equip the students with the skills, knowledge and teamwork they need to make their own media projects through a combination of theory and hands-on learning.
Classroom activities are augmented by presentations from guest speakers and external excursions. Year 7 Geography engage in a heritage site visit to ‘Cockatoo Island’ where the students undertake a historic as well as contemporary tour of the site.
This program is designed with a comprehensive education and resource kit that encourages students to investigate the difference between and value of primary and secondary sources. It will equip students with skills in historical inquiry and encourage them to use historical language as well as locate, select and organise information all in the context of an engaging and vibrant site.
Post-visit activities are designed to develop student’s inquiry and historical writing skills and engage with information and communication technologies.
Year 7 History
- explores workshops in class on fossils and forensics
- a field trip called “Archaeology Underfoot,” run by Sydney Living Museums” in the Rocks, where the students complete a historical inquiry into the lives of different groups of people who lived at the Hyde Park Barracks, including male convicts and assisted female immigrants, and investigate the building’s layered history by combining pictorial and written sources with archaeological artefacts. Students apply the processes and methods of the historian and archaeologist in their exploration, and during a simulated archaeological dig they work in small groups to excavate, categorize, weigh, measure, sketch and interpret an artefact, helping them to better understand different approaches to historical investigation.
The History staff at Endeavour have enjoyed a rich working relationship with the staff at Macquarie University’s Museum of Ancient Cultures whereby workshops are provided by them here at the school to complement the students’ study of ‘Early Civilisations.’ Here the students are encouraged to draw inferences and make connections between events and motivations of people from past civilisations like the Romans and the Egyptians.
Students have the opportunity to learn about the best of Australian contemporary art through a series of units based on some of the most renowned Australian contemporary artists. They also have a number of excursions to external exhibitions to bring their classroom work to life.
All students are encouraged to use the art rooms at lunch time for extension tasks with art teacher supervision and guidance; Where possible small groups of students are taken on field trips with the indigenous coordinator to see artwork from indigenous Australians on the caves and rocks of the national park here at Cronulla.
Debating & Performing Arts
The English staff currently offer student participation in the “Premier’s Debating Competition” and the “Premier’s public Speaking” competition to all age levels. Drama and theatre performance is offered from year 8 onwards and Dance is part of the elite TSP program also.
There are extension opportunities in Woodwork and Food Technology in our TAS courses throughout the year.
Opportunities exist for students to move beyond the fundamentals in Music by term 3, particularly in the areas of Music composition. Incursions from visiting percussionists are to supplement work in year 9’s study of Jamaican music and this experience is extended to include the year 7 extension cohort, allowing for a rich appreciation of different pitch, musical style and composition.
There is the school band and small singing ensemble group opportunities for students to be engaged in throughout the year, and performance opportunities are available at all presentation assemblies.