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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. 

2018 Pro​gram

Term 1​ - 2018

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 - ​​Friday 2nd March: Immersion Excursion - Bus trip around the Upper Catchment of the Barron River (based at Black Gully Campus).​​  
  • Day 2 - Sunday 4th March: Excursion to Green Island
  • Day 3 - Monday 12th March: Project Planning day at Tinaroo EEC (Black Gully Campus).
Term 2​ - 2018

Review and Planning Day: Monday 4 June

  • This provides an opportunity to work alongside their peers and key teachers accessing telephones and computers to progress their projects. Date to be decided (at TEEC - Black Gully)

Industry Forum Presentations: Monday 18 June

  • 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. Date to be decided, at the Atherton State High School Auditorium. The presentations will commence at 6pm and conclude by 8:30pm​.
Term 4​ - 2018

Friday 26th October - Testing

  • ICAS testing (skills based assessment) for student selection for 2019 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 29th October - Successful students for 2019 announced

  • 2019 Enrichment students notified of their successful application through their school principal.

Monday 19th November - Tablelands Celebration Event

  • 2019 Enrichment students and their families are invited to the Tablelands District Schools Science and Sustainability Enrichment Program Celebration Event
  • Students involved in the Tablelands District Schools Sustainability and Enrichment Program for 2018 will present their project outcomes to an audience of their peers, family, industry experts and Education Queensland personnel.
  • This will take place at the Atherton State High School, Auditorium.​