COMPACT has worked closely with Kooringal High School and NSW DEC who have developed the Paradigm project, to offer the Year 9 “selective” class (for gifted and talented students) the opportunity to develop independent research skills under the guidance of professionals with industry experience.

Kooringal High School head teacher, Debbie Locke, initiated this Board of Studies approved course in which students are given the opportunity to undertake a major research project in the area of their personal interest.

A key factor to the success of this project is for students to gain access to industry professionals, to act as mentors – to guide, support, brain storm ideas and to providce insight into their industry as well as encourage students to extend their learning.

The project culminates in a Pecha Kucha* presentation for the students, their families, peers and mentors.

For more information on Paradigm, please contact Megan Mulrooney.

*Note: Pecha Kucha: drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.


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