Momentum at Muswellbrook
Muswellbrook High School shows Stage 4 students engaging in project-based learning to develop deeper competencies needed for success both now and in the future.
Location: King St, Muswellbrook
Level: Secondary School, Year 7 to Year 12
Enrolment: 825 students
Muswellbrook High School provides a comprehensive Years 7-12 secondary education service to students from the surrounding shire. The local community consists of both rural and coal mining industries.
The establishment of appropriate curriculum structures, quality teaching, and learning activities has seen school enrolments increase above expected levels. As a progressive educational community, they are committed to inspire and challenge students to achieve individual success in preparation for effective participation in a changing world.
The ProBL class is based on the principles of project-based (PBL) learning as an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in tertiary and careers after school.
Two rooms were developed to enhance students’ learning experiences. New furniture was designed to support group work and digital hardware devices were provided.
In 2017 the Year 7 cohort was targeted in two distinctive groups - an enrichment class and a lower ability class. Six staff members attended a three-day workshop where they learned about the stories of other schools that had already successfully implemented PBL.
The teaching staff was provided additional time during the school day to meet as a team to refine and develop quality teaching strategies. They will become the mentors for their faculties to implement ProBL across all Stage 4 programs. This was introduced during the planning stages for 2018.
Students currently experiencing ProBL feel that they are engaged with their learning and have expressed their desire to continue in the future.
Principal - Scott Copland, SCOTT.COPLAND@det.nsw.edu.au
To access a visual representation of this journey, download the Muswellbrook High School - Momentum infographic (PDF 54.25KB).
Guiding research and readings
Project Nest 3 day training program in Newcastle and further visits to Ulladulla High School throughout the implementation period.