QASMT students are allocated into eight houses: Agnesi, Curie, Da Vinci, Franklin, Hawking, Hollows, Jackson and Newton. In keeping with our focus on Science, Mathematics and Technology, each House is named after a famous scientist or mathematician and led by a House Dean. The House Dean, together with the InStep Mentor teacher, focus on the wellbeing of their students within the house. The House Dean is the first point of contact for all parent communications. Students have the opportunity to earn points for their house through positive engagement in Academy life. This includes sporting events, war cry, Inter-InStep competitions, attendance and academic achievement and effort. The program is designed to nurture a sense of ownership and belonging by allowing all students to contribute positively to their House.
The InStep program
QASMT students study an academically challenging curriculum, which will require them to adopt new approaches to learning through the development of the IB learner profile attributes. The InStep Mentor Program is designed to ensure students achieve their potential through the development of a range of strategies and behaviours critical to success, including self-awareness, self-reliance and awareness of others.
As part of the program, students will be assigned an InStep Mentor who will assist them in everyday matters including:
- current processes and events at QASMT;
- our Positive Education Program and check in on their wellbeing;
- assisting students in setting academic goals.
The InStep Program is a key mechanism to ensure the wellbeing and academic development of all Academy students from Years 7-12. These InStep classes are mixed year levels, giving students from all grades a chance to meet and develop cross-grade friendships and support. Buddies for our younger students will be from the same InStep group in order to encourage regular contact between buddies and younger students.