All Junior School and Middle School students, Kindergarten to Year Nine, engage in Big Ideas. Big Ideas is an interdisciplinary programme through which students have the opportunity to come to a greater understanding of themselves, their community and the world in which they live. The real world is not divided into separate areas of study and to engage with the world requires knowledge of how all areas of study are linked.
In Big Ideas, students are provided with opportunities to grow in the following global competencies:
Big Ideas embraces real-world contexts through posing a big picture question within termly projects. Students answer their big question by showcasing their project to authentic audiences.
In Junior School, Big Ideas utilises a cross-curricular approach, with skills being taught across all learning areas and applied during a dedicated double period each week. In Middle School, the programme runs for four periods in Year Seven, and three periods in Year Eight every Thursday. A devoted Big Ideas Team, led by an Innovator, draws upon the skills and expertise of staff from a range of learning areas.