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Senior School Academic

 

Teaching and Learning at IGGS maximises OP and QCE results.

Our school is committed to using the Dimensions of Learning, a comprehensive, proven teaching framework for K-12 which underpins curriculum and pedagogy.   

Dimensions of Learning emphasises higher order thinking and provides concrete strategies which will help students negotiate their Senior subjects.  

How does Dimensions of Learning work?

Dimensions of Learning is based on thoroughly researched teaching principles which;

  • target the five types of thinking
  • incorporate active teaching of the Habits of Mind: 16 intelligent behaviours which teach students what to do when they don’t know the answer to a problem
  • is an all-school approach, applying to all subjects and all year levels
  • contends that assessment should focus on students’ use of knowledge and complex reasoning processes rather than on their recall of information 


Mathematics
The Mathematics staff at IGGS is a very experienced, dedicated and innovative team of teachers who ensure that all students experience success, excitement and challenge at their individual level of competence in Mathematics.

English & Modern Languages
Studying English and modern languages leads students to a better understanding of how the arrangement of words can shape meaning and culture. In this way it also helps students to develop their own sense of identity, to express their own needs, and to respond to other people’s words and actions in different settings.

Science
Our Science programs develop critical thinking and interpretive skills to complement a broad and deep knowledge base. Through class tests, independent investigations, practical skills tests, listening to guest speakers, assignments and excursions, students learn to understand and interpret how objects interact to form systems and how these systems impact on the development of our world and society.

SOSE (Social Sciences)
Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE) help students understand the impact of natural and man-made events that have occurred throughout history. Subjects like History, Geography and Economics provide a social context for our interactions with the natural world - how we exploit resources and react when the earth resists or becomes depleted.

Business & Vocational Education
Our Business subjects encourage students to understand business and enterprise principles by taking on the roles of supplier, consumer, employer and employee. Working on real life projects motivates students to become more engaged in their learning because they see the tasks as meaningful, relevant and worthwhile.

Our Vocational Program offers girls an alternative pathway - they can complete Year 12 by studying a number of Authority Registered subjects, gain entry to further education, access on-the-job training, and still participate in school activities.