Years 9-12 Project Local Success Stories

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If you have got an innovative program that is working well – please get in touch and share your story so that schools and educators around Tasmania can be inspired!

Email your details and a brief summary of your successful program to so that we can use it as a case study to inspire others.

Ulverstone Secondary College – Ignite Program

Ignite started with a single question:

“What needs to change to support our students to attain year 12 and go onto meaningful pathways?”

The team embarked on an inquiry cycle to answer this question. In collaboration with Ulverstone Collective ed., the team conducted a scan and assess to gain a deeper understanding of what was helping and hindering Ulverstone’s students and to uncover the aspirations and vision for change that exists within the community. Together, the team identified that to create change in our community young people must be engaged in their education and leave school with 21st century capabilities. However, engagement needed to be happening prior to year 12 so that students are provided with the capabilities and confidence to go on to complete their schooling. The idea of Ignite was born.

In 2019, this program was piloted as a multi-grade level class with students across a range of academic abilities and interests from grades 8-10. The program was called Ignite. Ignite focussed on personalised learning and real-life project based learning, with a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. Ignite replaced students’ English, Maths, Science, HASS and Health time, and prioritised the general capabilities identified in the Australian Curriculum.

The Ignite team inspire and support students to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers by embedding a learner-centred and inquiry-based style of teaching where the teacher is no longer the gatekeeper of knowledge and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes.

Students also explore their passions, with one student investigating how to engage primary students in second language learning and planned and delivered a French program at the local primary school. By putting learners first, the Ignite team has been able to support their students to access their potential and extend themselves beyond the four walls of a classroom.

An extensive evaluation of the Ignite program was conducted at the end of 2019 as part of the review phase of the inquiry cycle. A summary of findings can be found here (link to summary report).

Read an eduSTEM article about the Ignite program.

Refer to A Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning (PDF, 734KB).

Taroona High School Professional Learning Day 20 July 2020

Learning together

‘What makes young people successful?’ was the theme for a symposium style learning day which ran recently at Taroona High School. Over 100 staff, students and community members started the day by considering this question from the perspective of high school student Mackenna Minstrell, Professor Rufus Black, Vice Chancellor of the University of Tasmania and a study that tracked the success of 14000 young people from ages 15 – 25 years conducted by the Foundation for Young Australians.

Following on from this staff and students attended two sessions which explored what was possible in education to achieve the goal of making our young people successful. The sessions explored existing and potential educational models, presented by local, interstate and international expert speakers.  The presenters included Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Research Director of the Gonski Institute at UNSW, speaking about the Finnish Education System, Professor Alan Reid, author of Beyond Certainty: The Future of Australian Schools and Dr Rick Watson director of the Centre for Advanced Research and Technology in California. Local experts also spoke about learning by internship through Big Picture, the 9-12 Project, Packages of Learning and Ignite, a project based learning class.

Staff and student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with everyone finding it an inspiring start to Term 3. Staff and students are already thinking about how learning in the future could be even more effective at making our young people more successful.


What I am excited about:

“I felt like I was being respected and challenged as a professional and was connected to the larger educational network.”

“Getting to hear about the possibilities for change.”

“Moving school towards real authentic learning for the students.”

“The focus on the learning and how to learn, and why the learning happens.”

“Student centred approach to learning.”

Launceston College STEAM NGN

The STEAM NGN at Launceston College was established in 2016 and has had a focus on interdisciplinary learning that is based on collaboration, technology and student entrepreneurship.

Currently, several senior secondary courses and learning programs run out of the STEAM NGN, including:

  • VET Certificate II in Vocational Pathways
  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture (based on a bundle of TASC courses including Project Implementation)
  • Game Making and Design (based on a bundle of TASC courses including Project Implementation)
  • Design & Production – Textiles
  • Student Directed Inquiry
  • Object Design University Connections Program
  • Engineering Design

Each of these courses provides students with the opportunity to utilise a purpose-designed space with great access to technology for rapid fabrication and prototyping (such as 3D printers and laser-cutters/engravers), virtual reality equipment, direct-to-garment printers, embroidery machines and electronics/robotics equipment.  Some students focus deeply on one element of work for an entire year, while others build skillsets across multiple areas.

Each year, the STEAM Trade Show is an opportunity for students to market, display and sell their products, with The Cell on Brisbane Street acting as the retail shopfront for students.

In 2021, this innovative educational facility will be launching some new elements, including:

  1. Project Space – a high-tech, design-thinking project initially focused on the opportunities connected to space exploration and future space-connected industries, but with huge potential for other work in years to come.
  2. Advanced manufacturing through CAD and CAM technology will also become a focus
  3. Embedded Systems & Smart Devices (Level 2 TASC Bundle) – a learning program focused on IOT (Internet of Things) and the Launceston-based LoRaWAN network.
  4. A pilot of a UTAS Student Entreprise and Design Thinking project is also being planned for.

From 2021 the facility will be known as the LC STEAM Design Centre.

Introduction to Nursing – Hobart College

The Introduction to Nursing program at Hobart College allows students to investigate the nursing and other health professions in the health services system. Students can gain a Certificate III in Health Service Assistance or credit for individual units within the course.

Students complete four thematic topics through three different pathways (introductory, in-depth and specialised). They can receive statements of attainment for any units completed or the full qualification over two years. Working in a six bed simulated hospital and with elderly clients along alongside work placements within the relevant health field sets students up for future employment or studies within the nursing or the broader health services. Many students go on to work in health services or continue their studies at the tertiary level.

The course has grown from a small class of 20 students to reaching its full capacity of more than 70. Hobart College has created an interactive website for students and teachers which has facilitated expansion of the course to two more Tasmanian high schools. It has the potential to be expanded nationally.

If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative, check out the Teaching Projects website or contact Hobart College on (03) 6220 3133.

Huon Valley Trade Training Centre – Huonville High School

The Huon Valley Trade Training Centre offers an opportunity for local young people to continue their schooling beyond year 10 in a state-of-the-art training facility which focuses on locally relevant industries. Young people can study at the Cert II level: Aquaculture, Automotive, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Horticulture, Business, Tourism as well as Introduction courses in Plumbing, Boating Services and Maritime Operations.

The HVTTC was funded by the Australian Government and opened in 2012. The objective of the centre is to increase the proportion of local young people achieving a year 12 or equivalent qualification; address national skills shortages in locally relevant emerging industries; improve the quality of education offered to secondary school students in the area undertaking trade-related pathways, and assist young people to make a successful transition to work and/or further education and training.

If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative, check out the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre website or contact Huonville High School on (03) 6264 0888 or email

Bayview Secondary College – User-centred design