Junior School Signature Programs
For the first time in 2018, a group of students in Year 3 at King’s are participating in an exciting program with Children’s University Australia. This is a pilot program in 2018 and we hope to extend this opportunity to students in other year levels in to the future! We have chosen to offer this program to students at King’s to help them develop a love of learning and open their eyes to the endless possibilities that await them in their future!
Children’s University is an initiative that commenced in the United Kingdom in the 1990’s. Since then, it has grown and in 2013, the University of Adelaide began facilitating Children’s University in Australia. Children’s University is now active in schools across South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. There are 151 schools taking part in 2018 and students in Year 3 at King’s are fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of our ‘pilot’ program.
Children’s University is designed to promote learning beyond the classroom, outside of the normal school day. It is open to students from ages 7 to 14 and participation in the program is voluntary. The activities children participate in are also voluntary and children are encouraged to choose activities that interest them and will support them to learn more about the world around them.
Students who participate in Children’s University are issued with a “Passport to Learning”. In this passport, students receive stamps for activities they partake in and are awarded a number of hours for doing so. They are able to count up to 10 hours per activity, and this includes participation in sport, dance, swimming, etc. The Children’s University website has a list of learning destinations who offer activities – e.g. latitude, bounce, the museum, the zoo, and more! There are over 300 Learning Destinations in South Australia, and students are also able to visit Learning Destinations interstate. In addition there are online activities students can partake in. Students can also provide evidence of learning through other means and present this to the school for certification.
Once students have collected 30 hours of learning in their passport they are eligible to graduate. A graduation ceremony is held at Bonython Hall in the University of Adelaide in November and parents/caregivers are invited to this ceremony. This helps to show students what a graduation ceremony in a University is like and provides a formal opportunity to celebrate students’ achievements! Student’s hours roll over from one year to the next, so they can continue to build their hours. The more hours they complete, the higher their graduate level!
For more information about the Children’s University, and a complete list of learning destinations, please visit: http://childrensuniversity.com.au/
Middle and Senior School Signature Programs
Pedal Prix involves racing Human Powered Vehicles, (HPVs) in an annual series of race events which culminate in a 24 hour race which is the biggest event of this type in the World. The Pedal Prix vehicles are highly engineered, lightweight chrome moly chassis construction to optimise performance while offering the driver significant crash protection inside a carbon fibre fairing.
Drivers for pedal prix vehicles are selected from students in year 8 – 12 based on performance in fitness and driver tryouts. Non driver students can also be involved in the data and analytics team or with catering. Parents also have opportunity to be involved in several areas which include volunteer track marshalling at events. While involvement in the Pedal Prix program is open to all students in year 8-12, there is also a specific opportunity for Year 10 King’s students to study Pedal Prix. Students may choose to undertake a full year course at Year 10, which is an accredited Stage 1 SACE program and students will gain 20 credits towards their SACE.
The Pedal Prix course is focused on Human Powered Vehicle (HPV), history, design, maintenance, modification and testing while also learning to drive HPVs under safe track conditions. They learn about factors influencing HPV design, the impact of emerging technologies, composite materials, mechanical systems and vehicle performance. Students are trained in HPV maintenance and develop competent skills in performing tasks required from pit crew members at a Pedal Prix event. Students also learn MIG, Braze and Fusion Oxy Acetylene welding techniques and apply these skills in a real world industrial and entrepreneurial design solution tasks.
Student knowledge, understanding and skill development is tested through formal tests, working with equipment, observation and completion of assignments which includes multimodal presentations. The Pedal Prix program is of great benefit to students as it opens up a significant range of new learning opportunities for students with extensive real world and cross curriculum links.