Microsoft Innovative Schools

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Microsoft Innovative School 2011

RMS was selected as the Microsoft Innovative School in 2011 from the Northern Territory. The program provided an opportunity for RMS to access international experts on teaching and learning in the 21st century and has the capacity to propel RMS onto the international stage within a couple a years. As part of the program a small team from RMS (Lorraine Evans (Principal) Dianne Sullivan (Assistant Principal) and Tania Tamaotai (Senior Teacher Yr8) attended three face to face forums, prepared three ICT for Learning case studies and presented our research question “How will the design of intentional ICT enriched learning tasks improve student outcomes, engagement and behaviour?” The team also enjoyed amazing networking opportunities with the 19 other high performing schools across Australia and sharing it back in the school. In addition, RMS will be provided with early access to new software and programs, international student projects and some financial support for travel. Year 8 students have taken part in a virtual visit with endangered orangutans in Borneo, joining students from all over the world in learning about deforestation, impact on the species and what we can do to make a difference.

Microsoft Innovative School

2012

The Microsoft National Leading School program provides an opportunity for RMS to access international experts on teaching and learning in the 21st century. We attended an Alumni forum to reconnect with the other innovative schools from 2011.

School visit from the Innovative Schools for 2012

In July we had the pleasure in hosting a school visit for the new Innovative schools for 2012.

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Rosebery Middle School awarded Innovation Recognition Award

A Welcome Reception for 20 Microsoft innovative school delegates from around Australia has seen Rosebery Middle School received an Innovation Recognition Award - presented by Jane Mackeral Manager Academic Programs for Microsoft Australia and Gary Barnes DET CEO. The school was commended for its innovative approaches with middle years students through ICT enriched learning and authentic projects connecting classrooms to the community and the world.

Rosebery Middle School principal Lorraine Evans said the award acknowledged the hard work and passion of both students and teachers. Ms Evans said: “We are thrilled to receive such recognition, it confirms that we are on the right track with our ICT enriched intentional teaching and learning programs and will inspire us to continue the exciting journey we have begun since opening last year.”

Special mention was made of the school’s partnership with The Smith family to implement the Student2Student program in which 12 Year 8 students are provided with training, books and a mobile phone to act as a reading tutor to 12 low literacy students at Gray Primary School.

Also highlighted was the RMS Deforest Action Group focused on the impact of deforestation on orangutans in Borneo. Students have been actively fundraising and raising awareness at the Palmerston markets with Ms Tania Tamaotai and campaigning to have palm oil free products identified in local supermarkets.  A small group of RMS students will travel to Borneo to visit the sanctuary in November.

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