The most important difference about Billabong High lies in the theoretical underpinnings of the way we help children learn as opposed to teaching them.
Research based curriculum
Our curriculum and implementation is based on a number of theories/research such as:
Emphasis on higher order thinking
This helps our students to master the higher order thinking skills, equipping them to convert their knowledge into solutions for real life problems. Higher order thinking skills enable students to:
The emphasis on utilising higher order questions not only decides what is taught; it also influences how it is taught as well as assessed. For instance, teachers do not constantly test students with factual, literal, knowledge-based questions that require students to merely draw on short-term memory. Instead, they are taught to understand, think, apply, analyse, evaluate and create through questions of a higher order.
In our integrated theme-based curriculum:
It is an activity-based display that demonstrates and expresses to parents that children are achieving learning goals and outcomes as well as developing required skills.
It may involve a culminating exhibition, performance or portfolio.
Students are encouraged to use all their intelligence's to demonstrate their understanding of a topic. They can ‘perform their understanding’ in a variety of creative ways.