Larrakeyah School is a leader in education with its excellent NAPLAN results and high expectations. The school provides an enrichment program for Gifted and Talented students from year 3 to year 6.
In this program students are provided with opportunities to explore ‘big ideas’ and carryout inquiry based projects linked to the real world context. The aim of each project is to cultivate higher order and creative thinking abilities. Each project is adapted to suit student’s unique interests and skill sets. They are encouraged to explore ideas they are passionate about and consider multiple perspectives in order to solve problem. Through their participation, students can build confidence, collaborate, identify trends, make connections, explore specific detail, question, debate, wonder, create and innovate.
Larrakeyah Primary School entered two teams in the 2019 NT Regional finals for the Tournament of Minds (ToMs). ToMs is a competition which gives students an opportunity to think creatively, cooperate with others and collaborate to solve problems beyond the classroom. It provides practical challenges that cultivates students’ abilities to think creatively through collaboration, enabling them to further explore a number of general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum – Language Literature, Social Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Congratulations to the students from both teams who worked hard as a team preparing a presentation for the long-term challenge and a spontaneous challenge on the day. We were very proud of our students. We are very excited to announce that the team ‘Larrakeyah Legends’ was the winning team for the Language Literature category – Georgia, Zara, Despina, Alice, Marlee, Max and Harper. These students will be representing the NT in the 2019 ToM International Finals which will be held in Hobart, Tasmania in October.
In September, seven students from Years 3-6 entered the Northern Territory Robocup Junior Titles. We entered two teams who competed in the Primary Rescue and the Onstage (dance and theatre) sections. The teams have been working closely with Miss Smart during the term to prepare for the competition.
The rescue team, including Diala, Yuin and Eli, developed complicated codes to move their robot through various challenges. They worked extremely well and received full marks for one of the challenges.
The Onstage team was comprised of Nokthor, Felix, Noah and Robyn. The students created fantastic and meaningful performance showcasing the effects of plastic pollution. They used a number of sensors on their robots to interact with the props and move to the music. The team did extremely well and came away with first place for their section.