Gympie High leads computer age
GYMPIE State High School is keeping at the forefront of education in 2012 which is set to be an exciting year of technology and innovation for the students and teachers.
Gympie High is the oldest school in the State offering students some of the most technically advanced 21st century learning available, all in the year of its centennial celebrations.
An additional 474 laptop computers have been deployed over Christmas as part of the Federal Government scheme to provide computers to students.
This makes a total of 948 computers available to all students.
These computers are faster and more powerful than the laptops provided to all other high schools in the State, with a 61% faster CPU, 25% faster RAM and 5% larger screen.
Parents and students do not have to pay any extra money to access these computers, unlike the majority of schools across the state. In addition, about $85,000 was saved in the purchase of these devices, which is being spent to further upgrade the ICT resources available to teachers and students.
This includes an upgrade to the schools internet speed to 20 MBits/sec, and the hiring of additional onsite technical support and multimedia lesson delivery installations for an additional 10 classrooms.
The successful laptop program that Gympie High has offered for almost 10 years will continue, with two dedicated laptop classes in year 8.
These classes will have specialist teachers delivering ICT rich learning experiences in the classroom. As well all of the machines in the school have high speed wireless access to the schools network and the Internet.
Dedicated multimedia and graphical design labs provide state of the art software, hardware and tuition to students for subjects like Film, Television and New Media, Graphics, and Interactive Entertainment (computer game design and development).
Selected students in Year 11 will begin their university studies in the first year of their Bachelor of Games and Virtual Worlds, while others will start the first class of the Senior STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) course.
These new offerings will be preparing students for the growing and changing employment opportunities that they will face when they complete their schooling.
2012 will also include ongoing trials of tablet based ICT devices, as well as Reading Gym, after school maths tutoring, the Country Music School of Excellence and delivery of the very broad range of Board and Vocational Education subjects.
A focused whole school literacy program and the new National Curriculum in Maths, Science and History will also be implemented for the first time in 2012. There will also be unveiling of new classrooms and learning spaces.
When the school celebrates its Centenary in March, it will be the leading the state with many of its educational programs and initiatives, much as it was 100 years ago.