Video transcript – Year 7 Passion Project

Michael Saxon, Principal:
We've begun a trial around mentoring kids with their passions in year seven, so we've got a class of kids and we're working with them to really try and build those passions, and they understand what it is they're passionate about and what it is they want to do.

We're working very closely with their parents, so we want their parents and us to be joint mentors with the kids, and really support them, so they build up their passion profile to understand what their passions are, what their strengths are, the way that they learn, and they're able to use this to make really good choices about their future, not just at school, but all
the way through their life, so they really understand who they are.

Having parents involved is absolutely vital. This is a really exciting
endeavour for us, to getting parents deeply involved in the school with their sons, side by side in their learning.

Student 1:
My passion is cooking.

Student 2:
My passion is about cricket bowling.

Student 3:
My passion is gaming, sport, and drawing.

Student 4:
My passion is architecture.

Belinda Stanton, Classroom teacher:
The Passion Project is something new to Liverpool Boys High School.

Currently we run lots of project based learning across year seven through to year ten, but the difference with this is that the students will be embedding, infusing their passion into their project, but with parent support, so we've had quite a bit of contact with parents, and actually asking them what their passion is, so then the boys can help identify what their passion is.

Parent 1:
My passions are my children, just looking after them, and making sure they do the best that they can. I think it's brought out the best of his abilities. He's a pretty shy person, and I think it's just helped him to come out of his shell, and discover what he really loves, which is soccer.

Student 5:
My passion is to learn about soccer history.

Student 6:
My passion is cooking and making new recipes and creating something new.

Student 7:
My passion is to learn about planets.

Belinda Stanton, Classroom teacher:
Some of the challenges were getting some parents to understand what the
Passion Project was, but once we overcame that, we had so much parent support.

Parent 2:
He's just been so interested in this particular subject, that he's actually worked on it on a weekend to get the drafts right. He didn't want to play any sport or anything. He actually wanted to get his project right, so that he could show me for his exhibition, and show the teachers that he was passionate, and he can do it when he wants to.

Student 8 - speaks in foreign language:
When she was younger, she liked to learn in school, and she also liked cooking.

Belinda Stanton, Classroom teacher:
They came to our final exhibition.

Student 9:
My passion is about cars.

Student 10:
My passion is cooking.

Student 11:
My passion is about sport, mostly soccer.

Student 12:
My passion is gaming and IT.

Ms Hallal, Classroom teacher:
He just has to keep applying heat. It's high heat though, hard pressure.

Angelina Bea, Big Picture coordinator:
We had some boys who were really engaged throughout the duration of the project, and they were so proud at exhibition to display the products that they created.

Christopher Flores, Classroom teacher:
The reason why we're doing this at Liverpool Boys, is to equip them for the future and to give them real world experiences, so they can succeed after school, and so they feel comfortable in the workforce.

Belinda Stanton, Classroom teacher:
We want them to know what they want to do now, rather than when they finish year 12. We want to give them enough skills and knowledge and confidence that they know what their interests and passions are.

Michael Saxon, Principal:
We've got, probably, a few more years to really nail this down, and get it to a position where we like. So the first step is to really build some deep passion-based learning projects, so the kids are actually in charge of what they learn. They come in and choose a project that they want to do, and then they study that individually and in groups, and really build that passion and interest, and give them that freedom to choose. That's a really exciting position. We've trialled some of that, and the kids absolutely love it, and what we're getting at is deep learning.

When a parent says to me, "My son did work for school on the weekend "for the first time ever," because they were deeply passionate about learning, we know we're on the right track. The other thing that we're really wanting to build is a deep set of experiences. How do you know what you're passionate about, unless you've tried a whole range of things? It's about building experiences, getting the kids out on excursions, really exploring the world, and getting out there and seeing what it is that I might be passionate about, and having a go.

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