The Educator magazine has announced the winners of the annual Most Innovative School award with 40 schools chosen from across the country, recognising innovative practices in education.
Murringo Public School was one of the schools selected this year.
The school was recognised for its integrated learning program, its use of technology in all classes, leadership in STEM education and its role in online learning for gifted students.
Murringo Public School teaches integrated units in both its infants and primary classes.
Instead of each key learning area taught separately, the subjects are taught together under one central theme or concept.
This allows the students to make connections between the subjects, like in real life.
One of the units taught to primary students is ‘What a Product’, where the students create their own businesses, selling a product they have designed.
The students are taught english skills as they write their business plan and deliver speeches to ‘investors’.
They are taught maths skills as they work on their budget and collate data from their customer surveys.
The students learn about music skills as they create a jingle for their advertisements and focus on geography and science skills as they ensure that their products are environmentally friendly.
The school use interactive whiteboards in every classroom, and a desktop or laptop for every student.
The teachers also use online tools such as Google Classroom and SeeSaw to provide student work and collect digital portfolios.
Over the past two years, Murringo Public School has led a STEM initiative in the Southern Tablelands, helping to improve the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs across 18 different schools.
Contact Murringo Public School on 6384 6351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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