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Showcase Award for Excellence in Junior Secondary

12 September 2013

Showcase Award for Excellence in Junior Secondary

X Factor ... Teacher Matt Ribero with Jordan at Calamvale Community College.

Schools in the running for the Showcase Award for Excellence in the Junior Secondary Years have engagement in common.

At Calamvale Community College, teachers have joined forces with Griffith University to 'Create the X Factor in Junior Secondary'. They use the collaboration to sharpen their own practices and share them with the teachers of tomorrow. These future teachers learn first-hand through placements at Calamvale's specialised middle school that class data action plans, personalised learning plans in literacy and numeracy, and rewards for good behaviour make a world of difference.

The pioneering spirit of the Darling Downs continues with the Clifton cluster of schools among the first in Queensland piloting the introduction of Year 7 into high school. Clifton State High, one of the first 20 schools adopting the reform, is a hub for eight small feeder primaries: Clifton, Pilton, Ryeford, Leyburn, Nobby, Emu Creek, Greenmount and Back Plains State Schools. The adjustment to high school life for both students and parents in this 'Cluster of Excellence' is assisted by Clifton's pastoral care and wellbeing program, commitment to quality teaching and creation of a distinct identity for Junior Secondary students.

James Nash State High School in Gympie has partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast for the past six years to deliver 'Transition pathways for individual excellence'. The school runs middle school excellence programs for students from Year 5 onwards, with holiday programs, a junior academy of creative arts, extension subjects and scholarships covering everything from maths, science, English and sport right through to the arts.

Winners of the Showcase Awards will be named at the 2013 Showcase gala dinner on 18 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For the full list of finalists visit the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools web page, and read Education Views over the coming weeks for coverage of the candidates in all seven categories.

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