Kennedy Enrichment and Extension Program
In keeping with Kennedy Baptist College's mission of 'providing educational opportunities of excellence in a Christian context and addressing the needs of individuals for lifelong learning', the College has created a selective entry academic talent program for Year 7 students.
The purpose of the Kennedy Extension and Enrichment Program (KEEP) is to provide an environment where academically able students can be challenged and extended to attain the highest levels of excellence alongside peers who share similar aspirations, abilities and interests. The students in KEEP will be taught by teachers with expert skills and knowledge for this particular program. Students will cover the core curriculum, but will also be engaged in extension and enrichment activities. Extension involves the deepening of students' knowledge, understanding and skills. Enrichment refers to the broadening of the curriculum to develop knowledge, application and thinking skills to greater degrees of complexity. At the heart of the teaching-learning program will be activities that encourage students to develop and use all six levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating, and Creating. Ultimately the Program aims to keep students motivated, engaged, thinking critically and passionate about lifelong learning.
Students selected for KEEP will participate in the full Year 7 program, which includes Physical Education, Christian Education, French or Indonesian, Computing, Health Education and Electives. For Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities they will be in a class with their KEEP peers. All Year 7 students study Mathematics and English for six periods per week and Science and Humanities for five.
Beyond Year 7, Academic Extension classes in the Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities Learning Areas provide continued extension and enrichment for the more academically able students, as well as preparing them for future university level courses.
KEEP students will follow the Year 7 Western Australian Curriculum, but will focus further on reading, comprehending and writing more complex texts. A greater emphasis will be placed on collaboration and problem-based learning activities, aimed at extending students' abilities to work together, and creatively, thereby developing critical thinking skills. Students will also be introduced to more classical literature, and examine in greater depth the beginnings of the English language and its impact on modern day communication.
KEEP students will cover the standard Year 7 content-albeit with a greater emphasis on problem solving and reasoning, -in five of their six lessons and engage in enrichment activities and projects for the sixth. These activities will utilise both internally-based resources and materials provided by the Australian Mathematics Trust. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in state and national competitions such as the Australian Mathematics Competition.
KEEP students will spend three to four periods per week on core curriculum material and the remaining lessons on extension and enrichment activities. These will include, tiered assignments, open-ended collaborative investigations, cross-curricular projects, self-directed learning and decision making, field trips to experience science in action and linking with Murdoch University programs. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in state and national Science competitions.
Students spend one term on each of the four major disciplines of History, Economics, Geography and Politics and Law. KEEP students will cover the course material at an accelerated pace allowing more time for both collaborative and individual learning experiences that will foster development of research, analytical, reasoning and communication skills. Each term students will also undertake a major research project and work on an intensive skills development program in such areas as source interpretation and logical thinking.