School in prime position for international prize

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Larrakeyah Primary School has been shortlisted in the International School Awards 2022.

Entering the contest as the Territory’s only government-accredited Cambridge International School, it shone in the Pathways to continued and university education award category.

Entries from schools worldwide must demonstrate how an initiative prepares students for future study, including ongoing education and lifelong learning.

The school submitted QUEST, a years 5 and 6 program described by Senior Teacher Danni Mattiazzo as “an inquiry-based preparation for careers” that “develops collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking”.

“Students apply these 21st Century skills to QUEST research projects they select and explore, enlisting the help of industry professionals invited to the school,” she said.

“Groups of students have previously worked with a draughtsperson, certifiers, park rangers, restaurant proprietors, a photographer and St John Ambulance.

“Former projects targeted the constitution of a good news story and restaurant, assessed the school’s waste water recycling program, and focused on forensics and resolving staged crimes.”

Ms Mattiazzo said the students present their findings at a QUEST expo.

“The event is a great opportunity for our upper primary enquirers to show how they link their learning to the world beyond the classroom,” she said.

“QUEST prepares our students for middle and senior school, tertiary education, and success in their career of choice.”

Only two schools were shortlisted for the category last year — British international School Abu Dhabi, and English international College in Spain.

The awards presentation will be livestreamed on 18 January 2022 using Whova.

QUEST students work with a draughtsperson to design their dream home.

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