We’re less than a week away from the PBL Exhibition! Here are just a few more teasers – to draw you in to a great evening.
My initial reaction to hearing about the introduction of Project-Based Learning was the same thought process many of my classmates had, which was that it would negatively impact my academic learning and would be a waste of time. However, after actively taking part in Project-Based Learning, I feel the complete opposite. Project-Based Learning has given me and my peers the opportunity to learn vital life lessons such as communication, organisation and critical thinking skills, as well as how to problem solve. The project I constructed was a website to help women who are victims of domestic violence. I was completely oblivious to how much effort it is to collect all the information and tools needed to construct a website. I am naturally a very introverted person and being forced to communicate professionally with people outside of school, like Public Health Nurses and Women’s Refuge, was entirely out of my comfort zone. I have learned how to communicate more effectively. Anyone who has ever encountered me would probably describe me as unorganized; however, throughout the process of Project-Based Learning, I have learned organisation skills that I have desperately needed. Project-Based Learning is constructed around problem-solving, a skill I did not think I would have to face at the start of my project but is now one of the most important life lessons I have learned throughout the process of Project-Based Learning. I now see why the staff have worked so hard to introduce Project Based Learning into St Peter’s because it truly creates innovative, creative and perseverant students which is something that modern society desperately needs.
Georgie Crowley, Year 9
Compassion, Community and Commitment in action…
Year 10 students, Catherine Brady, Charlotte Hall-Ferrier and Josh Aitken have focused their Project Based Learning around Youth and Mental Health. Having worked with local professionals, they have created an Instagram account which has over 1400 followers from as far away as the United States, the United Kingdom and Pakistan.