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Year 5 Science and Sustainability Enrichment Program

The Tablelands Schools Science and Sustainability Enrichment Program caters for Gifted and Talented Year 5 students from state primary schools on the Atherton Tablelands.
The program provides opportunities for students across schools to work and learn with like-minded peers through participating in a unique science curriculum that further extends and challenges them. 

The program calls for students to use more sophisticated skills and greater engagement with abstract knowledge.

Students are involved in activities connected to the real world and their own experiences. They are encouraged to think more about the larger world beyond home and school, be autonomous learners and are intellectually challenged. 

Students are extended and challenged through being involved with the development and facilitation of community environmental sustainability initiatives based on a local environmental issue that they have identified within the Barron River Catchment.  

Students work with a range of industry experts who mentor the students, introduce them to scientific processes and concepts and assist them with field work. 

Yearly Overview of the Program:

TERM 4 2016 -

Wednesday 2nd November - Testing

  • ICAS testing (skills based assessment) for student selection for 2017 program
  • Selection will be based on an Excellence Model. Student places will be offered based on ICAS results, class behaviour and effort results.
  • The venue for the testing will be the Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre in Black Gully Rd, Tinaroo
  • Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Monday 7th November - Successful students for 2017 announced

  • 2017 Enrichment students notified of their successful application through their school principal.

Monday 28th November - Cairns Celebration Event

  • 2017 Enrichment students and their families are invited to the Cairns District Schools Science and Sustainability Enrichment Program Celebration Event
  • Cairns area students of the Cairns District Schools Sustainability and Enrichment Program will present their project outcomes to an audience of their peers, family, industry experts and Education Queensland personnel.

TERM 1 2017 -

3 Day Student Conference:

  • The Student Conference will provide students with an understanding of the program and the expectations required of the students along with the necessary scaffolding to ensure each student is able to successfully undertake the program.
  • Day 1 - Sunday 5th March: Excursion to Green Island
  • Day 2 - Monday 6th March: Bus trip around the Upper Catchment of the Barron River.
  • Day 3 - Monday 13th March: Project Planning day at Tinaroo EEC.

TERM 2 2017 -

Review and Planning Day:

  • This provides an opportunity to work alongside their peers and key teachers accessing telephones and computers to progress their projects. Monday 22nd May (at TEEC)

Industry Forum Presentations:

  • Students present their initiatives and progress to a range of community and government organisations and parents with individual written feedback being provided to the students by audience members. A panel of industry experts provide students with feedback. Monday 5th June at the Atherton State High School Auditorium. The presentations will commence at 6pm and conclude by 8:30pm​.

TERM 4 2017 -

Review and Planning Day:

  • ​Students come together at Black Gully on Monday 30 October to finalise their project and their oral and visual presentations.

Celebration Event:

  • Students deliver a formal presentation to an audience of parents and representatives from the community to showcase their project outcomes.​ This will take place at The Atherton State High School on Monday 13th November.