Teacher in Charge: G. Williams
Our students are entering a different world to that of their parents and teachers with new job and learning opportunities. These opportunities need students that can think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, communicate clearly in a variety of media, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with multiple sources of information. Most importantly, these opportunities need students who can adapt thoughtfully to different situations and take ownership of their learning and actions. It is with these opportunities in mind that we have designed The Switch Project Curriculum.
What is Integrated Core programme?
The Integrated Core programme which we call The Switch Project is an exciting initiative for students who wish to be involved in an integrated approach to learning. This innovative curriculum is based on developing learners, leaders and change-makers who use knowledge meaningfully in our local community across the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Arts, PE and Health.
The Switch Project aims to encompass the principles of the NZ curriculum:
Who are we?
Passionate teachers working together with passionate learners.
Specialised teachers have been selected across the learning areas to form The Switch Project teaching team.
They have been selected for their abilities to integrate learning and inspire all learners to achieve success in
both their learning and well-being. Teachers collaborate to design and teach each of the four SWITCH
strands and ensure that all learners are engaged in meaningful learning.
Integrated core -The Switch Project, replaces the traditional core subjects in Year 10.
Students in Year 10 Switch will build on the connected conceptual understandings and transferable fundamental skills learnt in Year 9 to extend themselves with more challenging projects with greater depth. Projects will draw on a wide range of curriculum areas applied to an authentic situation. The Switch Project aims to develop global competencies through six areas of deep learning such as Character, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Where possible, project partnerships with business and our local community will ensure learning links to the real world. There will be opportunities for students to develop leadership skills
As a Year 10, can I join The Switch Project if I was not in the class in Year 9?
Yes you can! Students who were not in the Year 9 SWITCH class and want to learn through an integrated project based approach, are able to choose Integrated Core -The Switch Project for 2021. To be part of The Integrated Core Programme please select Integrated Core on the course selection page in Schoolpoint.
NCEA and beyond
Being part of the Integrated Core Programme - The Switch Project, prepares students with all the skills and knowledge they need for Year 11 and beyond.
Students who participate in The Integrated Core Programme - The Switch Project will be passionate life long learners who:
Students in The Switch Project will be assessed against learning outcomes derived from levels 5 and 6 of the NZ curriculum. The way they are assessed may be different with a focus on innovative ways of demonstrating learning. All students will maintain an e-portfolio of evidence and pitch for differentiated levels of micro credential badges.
Is this a gifted and talented programme?
This programme is designed for learners of all abilities.
Any students with a passion for learning in an innovative learning environment are welcome.
Use of Technology
ALL students in The Switch Project are required to have a laptop. Innovative use of technology is a key feature of the The Switch Project.
How will my time be spent?
Students will spend approximately 22 hours over a six day cycle in the Integrated Core Programme. For the remainder of the time they will learn alongside other students in a range of option subjects and mixed year level groups at whānau time.
Is The Switch Project for me?
Whanau and Student Voice
“From being in the Integrated Core Programme-The SWITCH project, I have gained good collaboration and communication skills. I can work with many different types of people and their perspectives. Also I think that being able to do community and school based projects has really helped my confidence levels, creative skills and my ability to think outside the box.”
“ My teachers and people/friends around me in class are super supportive with my hobbies and passions and want to help me succeed. Being part of the Integrated Core Programme-The SWITCH project, has allowed me to flourish and blossom into the person I have always wanted to be at school and I am enjoying it.”
“Our daughter has developed and improved on many new levels since being part of the Integrated Core Programme-The SWITCH project. Her confidence and willpower has grown intensely and she enjoys having many resources, teachers and peers around her to help her blossom into the best she can be. She always comes home with a positive attitude and tells us about her new projects and learning. She enjoys going to school each day knowing that there’s something new she can learn with the teachers who will push her to achieve at a high level.”
“The Integrated Core Programme-The SWITCH project has taught my daughter how to research, to think for herself and look more deeply into things. She has needed to develop the self-discipline to plan work and to take on board feedback from the teachers to make improvements. She has learnt some valuable communication skills especially in oral and digital presentations. The Integrated Core-SWITCH programme is driving the development of skills and the ability to assess the value of the information in front of her that I hope will be a good foundation for learning in Year 11. “
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