Enhancing learning

Learning and Life at Scopus Sunday, 04 Jul 2021

For decades, Scopus has been one of the top-performing academic schools in Victoria.

Whilst our teachers guide the students' learning each day in the classroom, throughout the school students benefit from having their learning enhanced off campus. 

Year 9 Science elective students experienced life on Mars as part of the VSSEC (Victorian Space Science Education Centre) ‘Mission to Mars’ excursion. The students, who are studying the ‘What on Earth’ elective, explored the simulated planet Mars and took samples and collected data in roles as chemists, physicists, biologists, geologists and engineers.

After suiting up in full astronaut gear including spacesuits, helmets and gloves, the students entered the simulated Mars environment to begin their roles. They also experienced working in Mission Control, communicating with the astronauts and guiding them to their tasks and ensuring their safety. 

Back in the lab, students discussed their results and inferred what Mars may have been like in the past, what it is like today and what this planet may be like in the future. This engaging and hands-on learning experience enabled students to gain knowledge in a fun and creative manner outside the traditional classroom. 

Our Year 6 students were fortunate to be able to travel to Canberra this year to explore our nation’s capital. Students had spent time learning about the Australian Government and our system of laws in class prior to exploring first hand on a tour of Parliament House. 

Year 6 students at the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra

Visits to the Australian War Memorial, Questacon National Science and Technology Centre, the Royal Australian Mint and the Australian Institute of Sport 

brought theory to life as they enriched their understanding of Australian history, innovation and achievement.

Students were fortunate to meet interim Israeli Ambassador, Jonathan Peled and hear about the role of embassies and what life is like in Israel. And a bike ride around lake Burley Griffin provided the perfect opportunity to appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful country.