AustraliaAccording to Mr. Mathew Disher – Principal in charge of Secondary School, Scotch College Adelaide, school allows students to choose subjects, experience, develop balance.
Freedom to choose subjects
Mathew Disher shared, the focus of the secondary school curriculum is to focus on developing knowledge, thinking skills, laying the foundation for the next life, including: independent learning, critical thinking, and creativity. , approach and problem solving.
As a result, students can enroll in many different environments, especially after graduation and work. “High school age is a great time to develop these skills,” said Principal Disher.
Following this general orientation, giving students the right to choose subjects can ensure alignment between everyone’s academic program, abilities and interests.
In addition to the ability to master basic knowledge of Mathematics, English and Science, students can study and try many other subjects, which fall under different majors. Scotch College Adelaide designs a curriculum that includes life-giving subjects such as agriculture, exercise, nutrition and psychology. This diversity can help students have a rich experience in each module.
“When entering high school, students can confidently make decisions to choose the major that suits them best,” added Mr. Mathew Disher.
Balance knowledge, health and soul
Principal Mathew Disher said that expanding experiential subjects was a process of great effort on the part of the school. First, teachers must be experienced people, mastering approaches to equip students with comprehensive background knowledge, understanding multicultural environments, understanding current issues…
From understanding, teachers need to place problems and perspectives from simple to complex for young people to practice thinking skills. The process of forming thoughts is a long process.
Approaching each student with different learning abilities and starting points also requires flexibility and personalization. “This is quite a challenging goal because it falls outside the scope of the subjects of the curriculum,” said Mr Mathew Disher.
Second, he believes that educational institutions should have the right investment in building facilities and organizing activities. For example, Scotch College Adelaide spends a lot of money building farms, theaters, art galleries, laboratories, kitchens, workshops…
“This is a necessary condition for students to experience true meaning. It is impossible to practice skills and expand thinking if they only study around the four walls,” he stressed.
At Scotch College Adelaide, students often participate in excursions and excursions to thrive. Many of the modules here always pose challenges and motivate students to overcome them. It is also the standard of the subject set.
Third, schools need to pay attention to the balance of mind-body-spirit development. Every student needs to take part in many programs such as sports competitions, arts, community activities to have a healthy body both “body” and “mind”.
According to Mr Mathew Disher, health and morale are very important factors for high school students, who are at the stage of mental and physiological development. Through physical activity, children will develop perseverance and perseverance. Or with sessions devoted to spiritual development, students will experience the meaning of happiness and value in life.
Principal Mathew Disher will participate in the “Talk to Scotch” webinar series hosted by AGS International School of Monolinguals at 7pm, April 6. Here, he will share more about educational methods for high school students that bring sustainable results.