Student awards at International Science Fairs

Two ASMS students won high level awards at separate international science fairs recently.

Selma Min won the Grand Champion Prize for the Fieldwork Challenge as a part of the Singapore International Science Challenge (SISC) 2013.

Selma Min was one of the team of ASMS students who participated in the Singapore International Science Challenge hosted by National Junior College for the week June 30 to July 3. One of the major activities of SISC is the Fieldwork Challenge. Selma worked in a team of students from Russia, England, Singapore and the United States to undertake their challenge of a detailed water and biodiversity study of the Kallang River area. Selma’s team won the Grand Champion Prize for the quality of their study and report, all conducted and presented in a 24 hour period.

Selma Min with her international team making the presentation of their Fieldwork Challenge activity at the Singapore International Science Challenge.

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Brynelle Harding won third prize for her Research Project Poster Presentation at the International Students Science Fair held at Camborne Science and International Academy, United Kingdom, 11th – 15th July. Brynelle’s research investigation on the topic “Does BMI Effect Vertical Leap” related to work she had done in the Body in Question central study over semester one.  The Research Project Poster Presentation awards were judged by Dr Dave Hodgson, Associate Professor of Ecology and Director of Education, University of Exeter.  Dr Hodgson commented on the quality of research and analysis of results Brynelle presented in her poster.

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Brynelle Harding’s poster presentation at International Students Science Fair 2013

National recognition for ASMS teachers

Graeme Oliver received an award for Excellence in Teaching and School Leadership from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership as a part of the national Learning Collective project on 29 July.  The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession as nominated by the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association.

A team of six ASMS teachers – Jason Loke, Amanda Watkin, Andrew Stone, Anne Mignone, Maryann Doolette and Jayne Heath – are featured on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership website as a showcase example in the illustrations of practice project.  The practice of these ASMS teachers is one of only eight cases from across Australia chosen for the showcase.

International recognition for the ASMS as a school

The ASMS has gained international recognition in the just released OECD publication Innovative Learning Environments.  The ASMS is one of 35 global case studies given a detailed profile in this publication. Particular mention is made of the ASMS as a school that demonstrates cohesion between the educational vision and the pedagogical approaches, and the innovative learning environment.  The work of schools in the Innovative Learning Environments project is endorsed by world leaders in the field such as Michael Fullan, University of Toronto, and Helen Timperley, University of Auckland.

Copies of the Innovative Learning Environments book will be available at the school shortly or you can go to http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/innovativelearningenvironments.htm