QSA SENIOR SCHOOLING CONFERENCE 2009 SUCCESS FOR BOYS MARNIE BYRNE Contact: Marnie Byrne Sunshine Beach State High 45 Ben Lexcen Drive Sunshine Beach Q. 4567 [email protected] 0754 702 863 0418 159 191 Order of Presentation
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If the Shoes Fits
- challenging perceptions of homophobia pertaining to boys in dance, engaging the disengaged, creating links to arts industry. Students study ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics and contemporary dance. Successful graduates have gone onto: perform professionally at the Moulin Rouge, Jupiter's, Las Vegas, Australian Ballet, won the Australian X factor Television show, top 100 So You Think You Can Dance, performed with Will Smith, Bangara, Mega Jam, Queensland Ballet, toured in rural and outback Australia, teach, and establish own dance companies including government funded indigenous dance companies and work in several arts related occupation including lighting, camera and directing for Home and Away and Survivor.
- a dedicated subject where students go to the beach and surf as a recognised subject under the tuition of classroom tutors and specialists coaches. Students compete in all major surf competitions on a state, national, international platform. Most students have professional sponsors by the end of year 9. Currently ex student Julian Wilson has numerous world junior titles including the prestigious Billabong pro. Just last week he knocked out world champion Kelly Slater.
- students have their individual timetables altered and attend school in the capacity of an alternative structure e.g. 2 days school and 3 days traineeship and/or apprenticeship. Previous students have gone onto gain trade qualifications, teach at TAFE, establish own business, manage multi millionaire construction companies/businesses, and be home owners by the age of 21
-similar to work experience students on their flex day are attached to an area of interest post secondary schooling. They become intrinsic to that organisation or university department on a weekly basis. Students receive accreditation for university and/or students have been sponsored by that business to complete university/TAFE studies and upon graduation have guaranteed jobs.
- Structured lunch hour groups are delivered in ‘boys only groups’ in areas of teacher and student interest. E.g. football, martial arts, hip hop, chess, bonsai (seriously), athletics etc. Instead of PGD teachers were given designated groups of boys to work with during breaks. This engaged these male students and subsequently prevented many of the common altercations from these boys during lunch hour times. E.g. fighting, bullying etc
THE WAREHOUSE APPROACH AND THE BOUTIQUE APPROACH WORK BEST WHEN INTERCONNECTED TO ENSURE LEARNING OUTCOMES ARE MAXIMISED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS, THE ALREADY ENGAGED AND THE DISENGAGED.
The following strategies are absolutely essential on a day to day basis interacting/working with boys. When working with boys we always need to acknowledge boys need to have a curriculum which enables them to:
When you leave today maybe you might go and put on your favourite pair of old shoes or maybe you might leave today and try some new ones!