Peninsula Community of Schools
PENINSULA COMMUNITY OF SCHOOLS (PCS)
The Peninsula Community of Schools (PCS) is a ‘community of learning’ education model that focuses on co-operative participation by working, exploring, researching and learning together to achieve better outcomes for our students. The PCS provides a K to 12 continuum of high quality, seamless, integrated educational service to our student body of 7,500 students with the support of academic institutions like Macquarie University.
A focus of the PCS has been in Middle School initiatives. Research supports the claim that success at school in the middle years is a critical indicator of achievement and success in the later years of schools and beyond. Through these enjoyable and enriching experiences we aim to develop high student self-esteem and a connectedness to school and learning.
Middle school projects to date have included;
- Sustainability projects across all 13 PCS schools including Sustainable Fishing with Barrenjoey Students, a Vertical Garden at Avalon Public School, Sustainable Seafood – Coastal Environment Centre and Landtopia – Biodegradable bags.
- Gifted & Talented programs in Art, Drama, Public speaking, Technology and Science
- Enrichment projects in Agriculture, Woodwork and Mathematics
- SurfAid where students from the PCS have had an opportunity to learn about the Mentawai Islands and to look at global issues of education, nutrition, health care and citizenship.
- The Science Partnership with Macquarie University. Students work with university tutors, have access to work experience projects with scientists and can participate in the national Science & Engineering competition.
- Project Green Sea Turtle – Take 3 for the Sea – A Clean Beach Initiative
- NAIDOC Week Celebrations – PCS Students participated in Aboriginal Education Activities.
- Art Exhibition – PCS Students Displayed Creative artworks at PCS Art Exhibition in connection with NAIDOC celebrations at Mona Vale Public School.