Girls with Grit
Girls with Grit has been developed to foster and promote a range of skills and dispositions essential for success in the 21st century. The program is both immersive and experiential and teaches valuable life lessons to all Year 5 girls which they may apply to leadership responsibilities in Year 6, the challenges of transition in Year 7, and beyond.
Grit, research is now telling us, is a better predictor of success than IQ.
Outdoor Education and Physical Endeavour
The Girls with Grit program includes a heavy emphasis on physical endeavour in an outdoor setting in the form of hiking, running, sailing, and team sports. These pursuits build fitness and help the girls become physically brave. An increase in fitness links to an increase in mental agility, and team sports and partner activities like sailing develop team work.
Learning How to Learn
A focus on developing the dispositions of good learners will also play an important role in Girls with Grit. Over time students will develop the language to reflect on and discuss their learning. Brain research will be shared in an age appropriate way, and students will explore their learning and thinking preferences, as well as ways to engage in whole brain learning. We acknowledge the importance of the learning environment. Our flexible learning spaces allow us to respond task by task, to learner preferences to work alone, with a partner or in a group.
Happiness and Wellness
Happiness and wellness require students to develop a deeper knowledge of themselves and an understanding and tolerance of their classmates. Happy children have been shown to be more creative and resilient, absent from school less often, and to have stronger relationships, making friends more easily. Thoughtful activities will be introduced to reduce stress and manage emotions.
Sustainability and Action
Sustainability is an Australian Curriculum, Assessments and Reporting Authority (ACARA) cross-curriculum priority and Action is an essential element of the PYP. “The Sustainability priority is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action.” It is expected that students will conduct guided and independent inquiries into local ecological and social issues and undertake action in response to their findings.