The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

The 2017 PYP Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student. This year, the Year 5 boys were immersed in a 9 week collaboratively constructed unit of inquiry. The exhibition is the culmination of the five year journey undertaken by many of the students and is a celebration of not only what they learn but also how they learn in an inquiry-modelled approach.

Students are involved in all of the essential elements of the PYP and will share them with the whole school community in an exhibition presentation.

This year has also meant for some of our students, their first foray into the workings of a PYP community. They have had to learn how to question, research, problem-solve and develop an understanding of how to see the world through a variety of conceptual lenses.

We also welcomed two new Year 5 teachers (Mrs Fiona Alexander and Ms Irene Louden) to Scotch College, and I would like to take this opportunity to say to all of our new members, as well as established staff and students, congratulations for all of your hard work. Welcome to a way of learning that will keep you in good stead for the rest of your life-long learning journey.

The PYP Exhibition has a number of key purposes:

  • For students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.
  • For students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP.
  • To demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning.
  • To unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP.

In 2017, the boys' inquiries will be guided by the transdisciplinary theme of; 'Who we are' with the central idea; 'Beliefs, values, culture, health and the environment have an impact on who we are as individuals.'

The Exhibition will take place on Wednesday 1 November. This is an exciting time for all and we look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Warwick Norman
Junior School Dean of Teaching and Learning