What has Happened So Far?
Some outcomes of the partnership to date include:
- UC High School, Kaleen enrolments continue to grow. In 2013 the enrolments are higher than at any time in the previous four years;
- All staff and students from UC Schools, approximately 900 people, are provided with access to the full resources of UC Library, via a UC Schools ID Card. They also benefit from UC’s sponsorship arrangements with the Brumby’s and receive discounted tickets to all games!
- The development of a strong, enthusiastic relationship between UC Library staff and teachers from both UC Schools – teachers are being guided by UC in their use and integration of appropriate resources into school curricula;
- Establishing the Academic Partnership Program, where UC faculties partner with the relevant faculties within the two schools to work together on specific projects;
- All UC Schools students have been provided with access to the UC Academic Skills Centre programs, with senior students able to join any workshops offered to UC students. Schools greatly value this resource and the Academic Skills Centre is a key partner in collaborative activities throughout 2011 and 2012.
- UC Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra students have been provided with access to UC Clubs and Societies.
- UC Literacy Mentoring program collaboratively designed and implemented at UC High School, Kaleen throughout 2011 and 2012. Year 7 and 8 students are paired with an undergraduate secondary pre-service teacher who acts as a literacy mentor. This project has been incorporated into a UC compulsory teacher education literacy unit, assuring long-term sustainability. The goal is for every student in Years 7-10 to have a UC Literacy mentor. UCHS Kaleen students have benefitted from over 500 extra hours of literacy support since the beginning of Semester 2 2011. The high school students really look forward to their sessions with the UC students and have gained much more confidence in their reading and writing skills.
- Advanced Students from University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra are enrolled in H courses (UC Accelerate Program) at the University that count towards their Year 12 Certificate, their ATAR score and result in credit towards an undergraduate degree.
- The UC Accelerate Program (UCAP) began in 2012 by delivering 2 H courses for advanced ACT Year 11 and 12 students. The courses were Accounting and Design Foundation. These courses have been expanded for 2013 and now include Accounting, Design Foundation, Discrete Mathematics, Creative Writing, Economics and Information Technology.
- Students from UC Senior Secondary College participate in a variety of Master classes at the University. These classes to date include Design, Creative Writing and IT.
- UC High School Kaleen, with the support of UC and Kulture Break, has introduced a whole school Dance Program which is very exciting and is progressing from strength to strength.
The above are just some of the results of the partnership so far – it really is very exciting.