Year 10 is an exciting year of anticipation, preparation, consolidation and discovery in both the school and social lives of our students. We offer experiences and challenges to the students that enhance their academic, social and emotional development.
Our goal is to support students as they move towards the world beyond the classroom, by encouraging a sense of adventure and fostering active engagement in settings beyond their personal worlds. Some focus points for Year 10 are the trip to Chiang Mai, the Personal Project and the subject selection process for Year 11 and Year 12.
The Year 10 Chiang Mai Service Learning Experience program brings MLC School great pride. We are one of only a few schools in Australia to send an entire year group on an Immersive Learning experience of this kind.
We have found that students return from Thailand with greater independence, integrity, work ethic, compassion and empathy, as well as a personal perspective quite different from anything they may have gained from previous travel.
We anticipate every student will be part of this unique culmination of our Immersive Learning program which begins in Year 7 and culminates in Year 10, as we have seen that the personal and academic benefits are considerable. The students’ engagement in learning, and with each other throughout this unique experience, prepares them for the challenges and group learning contexts of the Senior Years, Year 11 and Year 12.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project
The IB places great importance on the expression of your child’s unique talents and the Personal Project explores a personal passion rather than a school-based topic. Inspiration for this may come from many different places: a journal prompt, a brainstorming session, personal life experience, an extension of a project in class or from some other place. The project is monitored with the assistance of a teacher supervisor, however the project is largely to be conducted independently by the students while they demonstrate their ability to be self-sufficient learners.
The Personal Project also reflects the aims of the IB 'to develop internationally minded people, who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world'. Within this scope, the project offers students a chance to engage with the concept of principled action, which is doing something meaningful with the knowledge that they have gained. This forms a major part of the project, creating or doing something that addresses their goal and global context. Students will need to find a way to develop, share and change their knowledge and actions in response to their investigation.
The project will consist of keeping a journal of their research and planning; a product/outcome and a written report (to be completed after they have finished the product/outcome).
The finished project is due at the end of Term 2 in Year 10. A public exhibition of students’ projects is held in Term 3.
Subject Selection Process
In preparation for the final years of secondary study, we have developed a comprehensive process to help students consider their options and make the most appropriate choices. They are guided in this by the Careers Department team, the Head of Year and the Directors of Curriculum (Year 7 to Year 10 and Year 11 to Year 12).
The process involves externally-provided testing that includes Careers and Aptitude Assessments, Personal Style Profiling and Tertiary Occupation Inventory. To complement this, students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Careers Expo, guest speaker events with career professionals, former students and university representatives, such as the Careers Conversations, and individual meetings with the Careers Advisors, as well as embarking on work experience throughout the year.
Information brochures are provided at Information Evenings held throughout Year 10 to further inform both parents and students.