At Wellington Secondary College we believe in providing an environment where students can practice and enhance their 21st century skills. Our Wellington Lesson Narrative allows for teachers to encourage students to collaborate in groups, to think critically and creatively, and to communicate ideas across all subject areas.
We are proud of our new purpose-built MakerSpace in the recently completed Vanellus Centre. It was designed to foster a collaborative environment and it pairs well with the yearly Design Sprint challenge that is undertaken at the College. Soon to join our MakerSpace is the new Technology wing of the college that is part of the next stage of our Masterplan updates. It will be the new home for our Digital and Design Technology subject areas, but will be used by the whole school as cross-curricular events arise.
STEM Day has been an important part of the STEM Education that we offer at Wellington Secondary College. Our inaugural STEM Day was held in 2017 and has been very engaging with our Year 10 students, resulting in higher enrolments in STEM-based subjects. In addition to STEM Day, we offer various semester-length STEM electives in Middle School such as mBots, Micro:Bit – STEM and Smart City. As mentioned above, each year we offer a Design Sprint challenge for our Year 9 cohort. It revolves around a central theme and is guided by the Design Thinking principles of Empathise (understand the problem/task at hand), Define (outline the scope and needs), Ideate (brainstorming ideas), Prototype (coming up with designs/samples/models) and Test (testing and adapting the protoypes). The Design Sprint concludes with a showcase where students pitch their ideas to the school community. Some themes from previous year’s Design Sprints include ‘Sustainable Cities’ and ‘Life on Mars’, which tied in with current events – planning and construction of our new building and that year’s Science Week theme.