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Model Overview

Program Overview

2013
Year Launched
6 - 12
Blended Grades
700
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


I gave Heads of Faculty an opportunity to choose the model or models that best suited their faculty area. The station rotation activities in some faculties need refining.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


Reluctance from some faculties and finding time to build content. We solved this through a lot of professional development, making sure the network was robust, appointing specialists to help teachers input material into our LMS, assigning certain staff particular responsibilities, building a specialist team to assist students and move us towards personalization. I regularly provide examples of programs that are working. I cannot claim we have overcome all obstacles.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Start early, persist, ensure resources (including facilities) assist the journey, recognise and reward achievers, focus on student feedback, consider obstacles such as the school timetable, be prepared to follow-up, don't assume anything!

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:


Developing a new organisational architecture to support personalized learning. Digital technology is not enough to provide a real personalized experience, so I want to develop a team of focused specialists to assist students. We have people responsible for the student data dashboard, academic conditioning coaches, people responsible for the LMS etc.
We have developed an Academic Adviser program in which advisers (contracted from outside the school) work with students to promote self-regulation. The program has been operating for 5 years and the feedback from students, parents, academic advisers and other staff has been very positive.
We have also build excellent technology rich, collaborative learning facilities.

Program Focus

General
Gifted/Talented

School Partners

Education Elements
LEAP Innovations

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
World Languages
Electives

School Overview

Saint Stephen's College is a P-12, coeducational, non-state (independent) school on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. We have approximately 1300 students, including 140 international students. We are a Microsoft Showcase school, a member of the Centre for Enterprise Education, and have been twice named as an outstanding innovator by Educator Magazine. The school was founded in 1995. Our website in www.ssc.qld.edu.au

School Contact

Contact: Jamie Dorrington

Contact Title: Headmaster

Address:
Saint Stephen's College, Coomera, Queensland, Australia
PO Box 441
Oxenford
4209
Australia

Telephone: +91(7)55738606

Saint Stephen's College, Coomera, Queensland, Australia's Website

Demographics

1,300
Total Students
--
FRL
10%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

2017

Blended Program Launched 2013