During term 4, 2016, I2S2 coordinators built on the successful implementation of inquiries using networking across various clusters to continue to increase the impact of the program.

Schools that were a part of the implementation in 2015 and 2016 were able to continue to build upon the successes of previous years. The South Australian clusters, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla joined the program along with new clusters in Townsville (QLD) and Kwinana (WA).

Uncle Russel Butler shares his traditional ecological knowledge

Uncle Russel Butler shares his traditional ecological knowledge with students from Thuringowa State High School, Townsville, North Queensland

By the beginning of 2017 the following statistical data was reflective of schools who had confirmed their participation in the program.

Table 1: INQUIRIES implemented
INQUIRIES implemented Year 5 #1 and #2 inquiries
Year 6 #1 and #2 inquiries
Year 7 #1 inquiry
Year 8 #1 inquiry
Year 9 #1 inquiry
CLUSTERS 15
SCHOOLS 77 Indigenous students 2557
TEACHERS 256 Non-Indigenous Students 8491
CLASSES 474 Total Students 11048

The distribution of participating schools across four states is detailed below.

Table 2: Distribution of participating schools
QUEENSLAND
Cairns Brisbane
Balaclava State School
Gordonvale State School
Yarrabah State School
St Michael’s Catholic Primary
Gordonvale State High School
Smithfield State High School
Innisfail State College
Innisfail State School
Richlands East State School
Hymba Yumba Community Hub
Glenala State High School
Bell Bird Park State School
The Murri School
Rockhampton Mackay
The Hall State School
Crescent Lagoon State School
Mt Archer State School
Rockhampton State High School
Rockhampton Girls Grammar
Mackay Central State School
Mackay West State School
Victoria Park State School
Mackay State High School
Pioneer State High School
Logan Townsville
Marsden State School
Kingston State School
Kingston College
Loganlea State High School
Marsden State High School
Beenleigh State High School
Kirwan State High School
Heatley Secondary College
Thuringowa State High School
Garbutt State School
Vincent State School
Weir State School
NEW SOUTH WALES
Muswellbrook Gunnedah
Muswellbrook South Public School
Muswellbrook Public High School
Aberdeen Public School
St James Primary School
Gunnedah South Primary School
Gunnedah Public School
Gunnedah Public High School
Quirindi
Walhallow Public School
Werris Creek Primary School
Quirindi Public School
Quirindi Public High School
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Newman Port Hedland
Newman Primary School
South Newman Primary School
Newman Senior School
Baler Primary School
Cassia Primary School
South Hedland Primary School
Port Hedland Primary School
St Cecilia’s Catholic School
Hedland Senior School
Kwinana
Leda Primary School
Medina Primary School
North Parmelia Primary School
Gilmore College
Bertram Primary School
Calista Primary School
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Orelia Primary School
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Port Augusta Port Pirie
The Carlton School
Flinders View Primary School
Stirling North Primary School
Willsden Primary School
Port Augusta Secondary School
John Pirie Secondary School
Port Pirie West Primary School
Solomon Town Primary School
Whyalla
Fisk Street Primary School
Hincks Avenue Primary School
Long Street Primary School
Nicolson Avenue Primary School
Whyalla Town Primary School
Stuart High School

Teacher Professional Development was delivered to new teachers through four (4) hours after school mode of delivery and four (4) hours of online teacher professional development. Online modules have been tailored to each specific year level. Existing teachers from the implementation of the program attended in their second year, for an additional four (4) hours of development during Session 3 and Session 4. The 2017 Teacher Professional Development included the following:

Teacher Professional Development
Teacher Professional Development Session Time allocation
Session 1 - Program Overview/Cultural Awareness 2 hours
Session 2 - What is Inquiry? 2 hours
Please note each year level has a specific stream of modules
Online Module 1 - Introduction to the Teacher Background Information resources Approximate duration of modules is 4 hours.
Teachers can review the modules
as required for further implementation support.
Online Module 2 - Inquiry #1 Setting the Scene
Online Module 3 - Inquiry #1 Scaffolded Inquiry
Online Module 4 - Inquiry #1 Guided Inquiry
Online Module 5 - Inquiry #2 Setting the Scene
Online Module 6 - Inquiry #2 Scaffolded and Guided Inquiry

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