EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) is curriculum based teaching and learning activities that go beyond the walls of the classroom. We believe that the more students are involved with the learning process and with making decisions about their learning, the greater the learning outcome. EOTC acts as a vehicle for learning across curricular areas and subjects and these experiences can often form powerful aspects of a student's identity. The development of social skills, problem solving and self-reliance are core components of these experiences.
Challenging outdoor activities and environmental studies, among many others, are particularly powerful learning opportunities. They contribute to a range of important societal targets across education, health, anti-social behaviour and community cohesion and are a valuable component of a rounded and rich educational experience. Students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of these enrichment activities throughout their time at QASMT, some of which are compulsory and some of which are optional.
At QASMT the compulsory EOTC includes, but is not limited to activities such as Athletics Carnival, Cross Country and Walkathon, Harmony Day and year level camps and conferences. The compulsory camp and conference program targets the specific needs of each of our year levels and prepares and supports students for particular points in time in their academic journey.
The focus of our current program is outlined below:
Year 7 - Relationship Building- Working Collaboratively to take risks and achieve goals
Our Year 7 camp focusses heavily on the building of new relationships in an exciting environment. Activities are built around positive psychology, entrepreneurship and innovation to create challenges that will engage students in working together to solve problems.
Year 8 – Service and how Positive Purpose makes you feel
The Year 8's will endeavour to really look outside themselves and understanding what it is to be altruistic. Service to others begins with an information letter and pack they write to the incoming Year 7 and then moves on to being involved in service and the importance of that, to leading and creating a service project.
Year 9 – The Journey – Preparing for what is ahead – Setting Goals and taking on Challenges
Our Year 9 Camp focuses on the journey that has been, reflecting on the MYP course they have completed how they have grown and overcome challenges and change. Moving to, setting goals and tackling new challenges with a Positive Purpose as they enter the preparation course for the IB Diploma.
Year 10 - Relationship Building- Knowing and Working with Others to Flourish
Our Year 10 camp focuses on the development of student relationships. Our students come to us from a variety of different schools. While we run a successful Engagement Program, students tend to socialise with those in their classes and do not get the opportunity to meet others in their cohort. The camp program allows students to work with other students broadening their friendships.
Year 11 - Leadership through Positive Purpose
The Year 11 Leadership Retreat Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills in team building, leadership and independence. Students are given the opportunity to learn about leadership and demonstrate their capacity prior to applying for student leadership positions in the Academy. It is also a time for students to strengthen relationships and to set the platform for the rest of the year and beyond.
Year 12 - Mindset Development for Positive Accomplishment
This Year 12 Conference forms an essential part of students' time at QASMT and prepares them for International Baccalaureate examinations. It will gives student the opportunity to develop skills in teamwork, understanding the value of your peers and support networks as you embark on this challenging time. It is also a time for student celebration as they hold their final assembly together.
Optional Education outside the Classroom opportunities include:
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award – Year 9 – 12
There are three levels of the Duke of Ed: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve these awards, participants must complete an Adventurous Journey (AJ) and regularly commit to three ongoing sections: learning a Skill, participating in a community Service and taking part in Physical Recreation.
The Adventurous Journey for the Bronze Award will be supervised by SMT teachers, including two camps.
The 10 Guiding Principles are:
The Adventurous Journeys for Silver and Gold awards are unable to be supervised by the school. However, support will be provided by QASMT to connect students to external providers and to offer guidance through regular meetings. The external providers will supervise and run AJs for Silver and Gold award students.
The Bridge Award – Year 7 - 8
The Bridge Award was created by the Queensland Government as a way to involve young people in the sort of challenges that are included in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, but is more appropriate and achievable for young people aged 11-13. The Bridge Award is a positive youth development program that is both fun and challenging.
The Bridge Award has 2 Award levels. Here at QASMT, students will begin at Level 1 in Semester 2 of Year 7, progressing to Level 2 in Year 8 and students can then move onto the Duke of Ed programme in Year 9 if they so wish.
Each level has 4 sections that students need to complete, with Level 2 requiring a greater commitment than Level 1.The 4 sections are:
- Service - be involved in the community and help others
- Skill - develop personal interests and skills
- Physical Recreation - participate in physical activity and improve fitness
- Adventurous Journey - discover new surroundings, develop a sense of adventure and learn about the environment. (1 day for Level 1 and 2 days/1 night for Level 2).
International STEM Tours
As one of the key components of the International Baccalaureate, QASMT offers students to develop their international mindedness through participation in our international STEM tours. These tours provide educational and cultural experiences in an extensive and immersive 2-week program. Structured yet flexible, students complete a CAS project as part of these tours, in which they demonstrate skills in teamwork, independence, and more. Our enthusiastic teachers work closely with students in small groups through our pre-tour and on-tour projects and we are witness to each student's growth from this experience.
International STEM Tours Offered
USA STEM Tour – open to all Year 10 and 11 students.
Europe STEM Tour – open to students in Year 10 and 11 who study French, German or Spanish. This tour has a homestay and language school component and therefore students are placed in the location and language of their studies at QASMT.
Japan STEM Tour – open to students in Year 10 and 11 who study Japanese. This tour has a homestay and language school component and therefore students must be studying Japanese.
Learning Experiences and Outcomes
Students develop their cultural awareness and understanding through immersive engagement with an international environment.
As part of their CAS project students must work in groups before the tour to plan activities that assist them answer their designated CAS Focus Questions. Students learn to develop their teamwork skills by negotiating activities, taking on leadership when they recognise it is needed, and important travel and daily life skills such as time management, transport, and budgeting.
A diverse range of STEM focussed experiences throughout the tours help broaden students' awareness of current issues and foci from the perspective of a nation other than Australia, the research that is currently being undertaken, and what the future of STEM and the world could look like.
Students develop an understanding of the differences between societies, cultures, languages, daily behaviours, and an appreciation of how lives are lived differently around the world.
As part of our language tours, students significantly enhance their language skills through continuous communication with their host families and native speakers in their day-to-day interactions, as well as through structured education as part of their language school program.
Service is a significant component of the IB experience and values. In order to provide students a valuable and meaningful opportunity to provide service, QASMT offers our 8-day CAS Service and Environmental Tour. Like the international STEM tours, our service tour counts as a CAS project with students working closely pre-tour, on-tour and post-tour to provide service to communities in Cairns. This service is completed through a number of environmental projects on-tour, preparing provisions for in-need communities in the local area, and the ongoing support our students provide in assisting leadership development for indigenous students at a Cairns primary school. This tour is offered in 2021 to Year 11 and 12 students.
Learning Experiences and Outcomes
Through the significant environmental projects, which are part of this tour, students develop their awareness of current environmental issues, what research is being done to combat these issues, and how they can make an impact on this.
By working hands on in service projects, students witness the struggles that many people face in their day-to-day life, the importance of the organisations that work to reduce and/or end these struggles, and the impact they can make as individuals.
Students connect culturally to the land and gain further appreciation of its sacredness for the original landowners. They learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the land, and even its medicinal significance (knowledge known primarily only by indigenous communities and elders).
By visiting these world-famous and heritage protected sites, students develop their appreciation for the diversity of Queensland (and Australia) and the importance of our natural environment.
Students also develop important skills in data collection and analysis, providing significant data for the University of Queensland and James Cook University through the tour.
Activity (Ski) Tour
As part of the International Baccalaureate's CAS requirement, QASMT offers students the ability to complete a CAS project with a focus on Activity in our Ski Tour. This 5-day tour gives students the opportunity to learn new skills or develop current skills on the snow. Under the guidance of professional instructors, students gain confidence on the mountain, and then get to feel the independence of their own exploration. This tour challenges students to overcome their inhibitions and push themselves to new limits in a supportive and fun environment.
Learning Experiences and Outcomes
By studying the physical specifics of snow sports as well as the lifestyle of those who participate significantly in these sports, students develop an understanding of the health benefits of an active lifestyle.
Students will discover the primary impact of these sports to the human body, for example in terms of bone health, muscle development, and consequent or required diet.
Students will conquer personal challenges as they develop their ski skills, gain confidence through their successes, and learn to overcome failures.
The mental benefits of such active lifestyles will also be investigated and experienced by students as they partake in the tour.
The ski field environment is one that is supportive of all participants in fostering their development. Students will learn about the importance of respecting rules and etiquette, developing leadership skills such as decision-making and motivating others, and though it is thought of as an individual sport, working as a team as you navigate the mountain together.