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Innovators make the running

Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation

September 12 2012

Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation

Family affair ... Hayley, Nadine and Alisha (standing) and their children are part of Burnside State High School's STEMM support program.

When it comes to innovation, three Queensland schools have been judged to be leading the pack for honours in this year's Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Berrinba East State School's Jumpstart is a pre-Prep initiative that has established a positive relationship between the school and its community, building parenting capacity and children's participation in learning through weekly playgroup and parent workshops.

The program is tailored to families of those in Prep to Year 3, including from the school's Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities. With a focus on early intervention, it sets strong foundations in personal identity, early language, numeracy skills and social emotional wellbeing. Jumpstart has grown from eight families attending in 2007 to 23 families in 2011.

Burnside State High School has adopted the African proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child' as the yardstick for its STEMM (Supporting Teenagers with Education Mothering and Mentoring) program.

Establishing partnerships between the Education Department, Queensland Health, the community and industry, the STEMM program is the only one of its type in Queensland to support pregnant girls and young mothers in schooling through an innovative and unique standalone curriculum. STEMM empowers pregnant and parenting teenagers by providing pathways to education to achieve certified outcomes as well as personal and parenting support, mentoring and community access.

Southport State High School has begun a reading revolution in high school. Traditionally, reading is not explicitly taught after primary school, but every day in every high school student learning is centred around reading text to gain knowledge.

Southport's Reading Riot initiative has challenged the school community to rethink the role reading plays in learning from Years 8 to 12. Teachers now use the language of reading to allow students to make the link between what they need to know and what they read, applying a range of reading strategies.

The Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation will be one of eight awards presented at the 2012 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools Gala Dinner on Friday 12 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For a list of all finalists see the Showcase Awards website.