Brisbane Grammar School – a leader in innovative education – has found lessons in the COVID-19 crisis, emerging from home-based learning with new insight into teaching and learning.
While moving 1700 students from its Spring Hill campus to digital home-based learning was a huge task, Executive Director of Educational Innovation Jacqui Zervos said BGS met the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic head on.
“From the very first week of home-learning back in Term 1, we’ve been asking our students how they are coping, and responding quickly to students to identify their wellbeing and academic needs,” Ms Zervos said.
“With this data, teachers have designed learning activities to support their use of digital technologies that promote student thinking,” she said.
The School’s development of Effective Thinking Cultures – explicit instruction in adapting to unfamiliar situations and challenges – fits into this new digital reality. As BGS transitioned back to the classroom, Ms Zervos said the evidence-based approach continued to inform teaching and learning. “We have a wealth of valuable learning from this period and we are excited about our post-pandemic new and enhanced ‘normal’.”
In addition, construction of the School’s new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Precinct – which will encourage collaboration across the Arts and Sciences – is scheduled to begin later this year.
“Never has it been more important to have graduates skilled in critical and creative thinking,” Ms Zervos said. “BGS is investing boldly in infrastructure that will foster future innovators and problem solvers.”
BGS Virtual Open Day 2020
This year, BGS is hosting a Virtual Open Day. You are invited to visit its dedicated webpage – a hub where you can explore the benefits of a BGS education, take a virtual tour of the BGS campuses, and watch videos from key BGS staff.
Don’t miss a Live Q&A with key staff from 12.00pm on Saturday 25 July, streamed via the BGS Facebook page. Submit a question in advance or leave a comment on the day.