In addition to the subjects named above each student will complete a Community Project in Year 3 and a Personal Project in Year 5 of the MYP:
Yr 3 (Grade 8) Community Project
The Community Project focuses on community and service, encouraging SWA students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The Community Project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the Community Project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The Community Project may be completed individually or by groups of a maximum of three students.
Yr 5 (Grade 10) Personal Project
The Personal Project encourages SWA students to practise and strengthen their Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest.
The Personal Project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The Project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the Project is important; the Project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. Each SWA student develops a Personal Project independently.
- MYP: Next Chapter also requires each student to become involved with Interdisciplinary Learning:
One of the key features of the MYP at SWA is its emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and learning. This trait emerges as a consequence of the challenges and opportunities of educating students in, and for, a complex and highly interconnected world. Younger learners often make connections naturally between knowledge domains in order to understand the world around them—in some cases, because they have not yet been socialised into the disciplinary perspectives that organise the academic world.
Even though Secondary education usefully organises learning into disciplinary compartments (as a response to increasing specialisation), an ever-changing world also demands education that empowers people to integrate disciplines in novel and creative ways. As knowledge and information multiply, critical thinkers must successfully integrate disciplinary perspectives to understand complex issues and ideas.
Meaningful interdisciplinary teaching and learning experiences can have positive effects on SWA students, SWA teachers and learning environments.