This year saw our exhibition take on the theme PYPx, inspired by TEDx. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organisers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organisations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
A change in our transdisciplinary theme to ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ was met enthusiastically by students, teachers and mentors. It encouraged us all to think about communities we are a part of – be they local, national or global and how they are organised, the function of organisations and economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. Issues were identified by students, and organisations supporting these issues were researched. Exhibition groups then chose their central idea based on the direction they wanted their inquiry to take. They developed their own lines of inquiry and so the inquiry cycle and learning journey began.
A major focus for Trinity Lutheran College Junior Years in 2017 has been on ‘taking action’ and ‘service learning’. Action is often viewed as large gestures; donations of large sums of money, regular volunteering or leadership in an organisation. This is not necessarily the case. As both teachers and students found out – action can be as simple as a shift in mind-set, a statement that inspires someone, the gaining of knowledge, the sharing of ideas. It has been exciting to see the students empowered by this view of action and to witness the action they have taken throughout their exhibition journey.
Student spent time planning and preparing their presentations and displays for exhibition night demonstrating their organisation and communication skills. The Year 5 rooms were buzzing with passionate children taking action! They presented their learning journeys to their parents and used their engaging displays to enhance their sharing of knowledge and understanding.