We’re extremely proud of how proactive our students are in supporting causes they feel passionate about. Nowadays young people are very aware of the world they live in and the effect and environmental impact that humans are having through the choices that they make. Young people are informed and well versed and it is important to encourage them to speak up and have a voice.
At The Hills Montessori School we encourage students to speak up, ask questions and be actively involved in their learning from a young age. We provide opportunities for them to follow their passions, use their influence in a positive way and voice their opinion both within their class, school and as they get older, amongst the wider community.
In educational terms we talk about 'student agency'. Student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from staff. Student agency gives students voice and often, choice, in how they learn.
Young people with high levels of agency do not respond passively to their circumstances; they tend to seek meaning and act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others' lives.
Student agency builds critical thinking and problem solving skills and is important because students who are engaged actively in their education build deeper understanding of content.
The recent engagement from many students across the school in the Replace the Waste art exhibition is a good example of student agency and provided an opportunity for students to voice their concerns, opinions and act with purpose for positive change.Congratulations to Pearl and Maddie
who won first prize in the advertising category of the Replace the Waste art exhibition! The Cycle 3 students designed a storyboard poster to raise awareness for the ban on single use plastic in South Australia. The artwork was named, ‘A Plastic Fork’ and last week Pearl and Maddie were invited to City Library where they were presented with certificates by Kevin McGuiness from Green Industries and Rachel Healy, Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival. This week Pearl and Maddie will be meeting with the creative agency who advise Green Industries on their marketing and advertising. Both students will be working with the creative agency to turn ‘A Plastic Fork’ into an ad, which is incredibly exciting for them both - congratulations Pearl and Maddie!