Loganlea State High School 's filmmaking project for Year 10 students featured at the world's most famous film festival in Cannes earlier this month.
The school's innovative Footprints in Film project produced three scripts in 2005, two of which were accepted for viewing at the 2006 and 2007 Cannes Film Festival in France.
The project is a collaborative community response to the learning needs of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who did not engage in the existing curriculum in Year 9 and were at risk of leaving school.
Students build their academic confidence and improve their ability to use Standard Australian English through script-writing and short film production under the mentorship of industry professionals and tertiary graduates.
All students involved in the program have substantially increased their results in English, with a 53-percent jump over two years in students achieving A and B, and 100-percent of students passing the subject. In addition, all participating students have continued onto the senior school, with the exception of one student who obtained a full-time apprenticeship and another who moved interstate.
Special needs are celebrated in an inspirational program creating real-life learning opportunities at Shailer Park State High School.
Sapphires Training Restaurant and Conference Centre uses the skills of two teams - the elite senior hospitality students of the SHINE team and Years 9 to 12 students from the Special Education Unit, who form the GLEAM team.
The SHINE team (Shailer High Industry Negotiated Enterprise) mentors the GLEAM team (Guided Learning Educationally Adjusted Mentoring) as its members plan, prepare and run external and in-house events.
This program recognises and values the diversity of students' talents. Barriers are swept aside as students with speech language impairment, intellectual impairment and autistic spectrum disorders work to achieve common goals. Vocational education and training, health, social and personal outcomes are enriched with tolerance, acceptance and understanding.
As a result of the program, students have achieved numerous work placements with support from six different local businesses, and the community for the conference centre is growing, with four major sponsors now on board.
Building the leadership skills of teachers is the key to supporting student achievements at Upper Coomera State College.
Established in 2003, the Teacher Professional Learning Teams initiative sees teachers collaborate on curriculum development, and share their skills and experience to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for students.
Regular team meetings, formal communication networks, term planning days and shared team spaces are practical components of the initiative that is achieving results in college leadership and student outcomes.
Twenty-five percent of staff are currently involved in leadership programs or seeking promotion, and teaching teams have received commendations for two national awards over the past two years.
In the Year 7 Core Skills Test, students recorded a 26-percent improvement in numeracy and a six-percent increase in literacy results over the past three years.
The first event of its kind in Australia, Dream A Better World is a film festival for primary schools throughout the country.
Initiated and hosted by Coomera State School, it gives students the opportunity to express ideas and dreams across a range of film genres.
This project challenges students to be socially aware and proactive in visualising a better world.
It enhances self-confidence and develops skills in drama, story-telling, interviewing and public speaking along with the technical elements of filmmaking.
While Coomera students are not able to submit entries into the festival, they perform a range of other roles, including camera operators, sound recordists, reporters, presenters, publicity management, event staff and entertainers.
Now in its sixth year, the program has the full support of Dreamworld, which held the festival, and has involved more than 2000 students since its inception. The number of entries has increased by 92 percent since 2001, and it is anticipated that 70 schools across Australia will participate in this year's festival.
Marsden State School has transformed the traditional classroom of the past into a dynamic learning centre offering a curriculum that is real, rich and relevant.
Integrated, interactive, digital classrooms of the future have become a reality at Marsden, with staff and students using interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, video recorders, scanners and other hardware to enhance learning.
A highly skilled teaching staff is a key factor in the success of the school's educational computing program, which has been in place since 2004. Numerous staff have won awards for their work in information and communication technology, with several invited to make presentations on technology in education to university and community forums.
In 2003, more than 82 percent of teachers were involved in professional development activities. This grew in 2005 to more than 86 percent of teachers, which is well above the state mean of 78.6 percent.
Two students have won prestigious BYTE Awards for their work in multimedia, and Marsden students have been invited to participate in university level technology events. According to School Survey data from 2005, student satisfaction with the technology skills they have obtained at school is well above the state mean.
Strong leadership, community partnerships, effective management of information and communication technology and a vision for the future has placed Marsden State School at the leading edge of learning.
Elanora State School 's Leaders in Learning program is inspiring staff and students to aim high and achieve excellence.
The program has established a framework that combines a skilled and valued staff with a curriculum that responds to the needs of all students.
School programs are reviewed every two weeks to ensure they continue to be effective and relevant to students. Elanora's early intervention program concentrates learning support in the early years to ensure difficulties are addressed quickly, while an active special needs committee monitors students requiring special education services. More advanced learners can take part in accelerated programs that also allow for selected Year 7 students to access particular subjects through the local high school.
These approaches are supported by a detailed behaviour management policy.
The Leaders in Learning program is helping students achieve outstanding results. A cohort of students tracked from Year 3 in 2001 to Year 7 in 2005 has shown an improvement of more than 20 percent in reading and numeracy skills, in contrast to falling standards at district and state levels.
With students from about 30 different cultural backgrounds, Woodridge State School is building literacy and numeracy skills with an innovative program.
Collaborating with Education Queensland district and central office staff and experts from Griffith University, the school has developed a curriculum framework to improve students' well-being and literacy and numeracy skills.
Specialist training has helped staff and volunteer tutors build their understanding of the needs of students, many of whom are refugees and students with English as a second language.
The program features daily literacy and numeracy teaching 'blocks', the increased use of technology, targeted student assessment goals, specialised intervention and opportunities for students to present work to the community.
With a 33-percent improvement in Year 2 Diagnostic Net results since the program was established in 1998, outcomes also include a five-percent increase in students achieving above the National Benchmark for Writing over the past two years.
All members of this primary school community, including staff, parents, community liaison officers and members of the broader community, are dedicated to improving future pathways for students.
What better way to introduce students to future careers in the construction industry than moving the classroom to the work site?
Boss Institute of Advanced Technology was established in 2005, giving the Gold Coast a practical competency based training facility to provide skilled employees, apprentices and trainees to the building and construction industry.
The partnership between Merrimac State High School and Boss Homes gives students a full-time education and training program, which enables them to gain certificate qualifications in business and construction. Students are likely to be offered apprenticeships and traineeships with local employers while still completing their studies.
Students from the Mid Coast Community of Schools Alliance are involved in the program, which is based off-campus at the Boss Homes Display Centre and Institute of Technology.
With the curriculum meeting all Senior Years of Schooling requirements, 98 percent of students are passing competencies in all subjects and 100 percent have obtained their Safety Blue Card.