SMC FOUNDATION DIPLOMA – project X
Entry Recommendations: Project X enables students to develop skills and attributes that employers seek in the 21st Century. Students are encouraged to take this course if they have a passion for a topic outside of their academic course of study or they would like to invest more time to extend an area that they are concurrently studying.
Project X Learners develop:
Participants in Project X become:
- Self managers
- Effective communicators
- Flexible critical thinkers and problem solvers
- Committed to holistic personal growth
Course Outline: This is a Project Based Learning course in which students will embark upon a self driven and directed project. Teachers and students will work collaboratively to co-construct authentic learning pathways for each student based on their personal interests and passions. Students draw on multiple curriculum areas to complete an approved project.
Students will develop:
- A project that – fulfils a specific need or opportunity – product, service or event
- A project that – excites and interests them. This may be an extension of a topic that a student is already studying.
- A presentation to the community at the end of the course
Course Costs: Up to $100 for local field work trips and guest speakers.
The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) is for young people to “seize opportunities offered by new knowledge”. To be “creative . . . confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners”.
These principles are developed through Project X where students are empowered think divergently, take creative risks, and make deep connections in their learning.
Four assessment events contribute to the SMC Foundation Diploma:
Planning Tools – 20%
Making Sense of Research – 25%
Planning Journal – 40%
Community Presentation – 15%