Enrichment based learning at Dalby South State School encourages identified students from Years 1 to 6 to think outside of the box, take risks, generate ideas, consider alternatives, solve problems using reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation. The Enrichment Program extends classroom learning and as well as articulating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning experiences that takes students into the 21st Century so that they become confident creators, inventors and designers.
The Enrichment Program changes each semester and from one year to the next however the core ideologies (teamwork, communication and collaboration, problem solving and inquiry based approaches that develop creative, critical thinking skills) to optimise students full learning potential remain the same.
Students selected for the Enrichment Program are identified through their school based report cards each semester, other testing measures and observation as potentially benefiting from extra stimulus opportunities. Depending on the Enrichment Program focus there may also be some other qualifying standards. Student selection involves the Enrichment teacher and members of the Administration team. Together they review student achievement levels and discuss identified students with the current classroom teachers and/or from the previous semester. Selected Enrichment Program students will receive a letter of invitation to take home and they are expected to maintain their class work and curriculum standards to remain in the Enrichment Program. Some Enrichment Program learning experiences may also incur a small cost to families however this would be outlined in the letter of invitation.
During 2020, Dalby South State School became a Gateway to Industry Schools (Advanced Manufacturing) school partnering with the Queensland Manufacturing Institute.
The Dalby South State School Enrichment Program in 2022 will focus on Industry 4.0 links to continue to develop enrichment based learning capabilities by bringing together technology (For example: 3D Additive Manufacturing & Coding and Robotics), individuality and discovery based learning which builds upon the core disciplines of the school based curriculum at Dalby South State School, the National STEM Education Framework and STEM Education in Queensland Schools.
For more information, have a look at the #STEAMaheadatSOUTH Gateway to Industry to Schools article on embedding design thinking in a primary school.
In 2021, Dalby South has been one of winning six schools who have participated in Curiocity Brisbane. The installation, Curiocity Blooms, designed by 4 current Year 5 students appears from a distance as a circular flower garden, however as you get closer the garden is in fact an innovative and interactive design of renewable power sources that are representative of the Dalby area. A short video of the installation is attached to this page.