Our school is continually reviewing ways to broaden the opportunities for our students to participate and excel in leadership and team skills. Current roles for leadership include School captains, house captains, music captains and class captains. Members of student council are drawn from various year levels and are responsible for the regular planning and conducting of many of our school’s events. They raise issues and concerns, suggest improvements, undertake a fundraising role for both school-based initiatives and for charities in the wider community and organise a variety of social and recreational activities for students.
Students from Years 4–6 are encouraged to participate in softball, hockey, netball, AFL, rugby league, basketball, touch football, soccer, cricket or tennis at an inter-school level. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Gala Days with local schools. Students not participating in this activity take part in the Electives Program which introduces students to a range of recreational activities.
Inter-house competitions in cross country, athletics and ball games are conducted annually during second and third term for children in Years 4–6. This presents an opportunity for students to earn points for their houses (Bradman, Fraser & Elliott) and also be selected to compete at District and State levels. Prep to Year 3 students have their own carnivals which are conducted on a non-competitive basis.
Choral and instrumental music
Ipswich Central State School strongly supports the arts and has a strong music program to reflect this. Students from Year 3–6 can participate in Junior and Senior Choirs. Participation includes regular rehearsal times and involvement in concerts and eisteddfods throughout the school year. The Instrumental program is available to students in Year 3–6 subject to a selection process and due to availability of school instruments. An extension of the instrumental program is our String Orchestra and Concert band.
Outdoor Education/Camp Program
A fun, learning-oriented, outdoor education program enhances team building and leadership skills in our students. These programs range from 3 to 5 days and are implemented by a team of professional outdoor education experts. Our staff also provides supervision and support. Previous camps have included Underwater World (Mooloolaba), Camp Goodenough (Bilambil), Tallebudgera (Gold Coast) and Canberra.
STEAM is an approach to learning that integrates the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts (including the Arts, Language Arts and Social Studies) and Mathematics for real-world applications. It is embedded in the Australian Curriculum.
What separates STEAM from the traditional separated teaching of these subjects, is that aspects of the curriculum are purposefully selected to connect with other learning areas or subjects. It focuses on the real world applications of problem solving and encourages students to be critical and creative thinkers.
STEAM is authentic, engaging, and inclusive. It encourages deep learning and prioritises design thinking and thinking skills. We need to encourage students to be passionate and excited about the opportunities that are arising in a world where innovation and technological advances, require people who are able to adapt to change in their everyday lives and workplaces. STEAM plays a key role in preparing our students to be 21st Century thinkers who can play a part in designing our future.
At Ipswich Central State School, we are currently engaging students in STEAM by:
- connecting units of work across curriculum areas
- engaging students with design thinking
- giving students opportunity to create in the Makerspace
- incorporating a range of extra-curricular clubs, including Art Club and Minecraft Club
- using a range of ICT resources and software available (including robotics)
- engaging students through hands on investigations through the Walker Approach.