At BPPS we are committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to strive for excellence, achieve success and develop to their full potential. We aim to do this in our classroom programs which are designed to cater for the individual needs of all students through the differentiation of lessons in the core subjects of English and mathematics.
For those students who are working well above their expected level we also provide a number of enrichment/extension programs that complement what they are learning in the classroom.
Student Excellence Program
We are currently participating in the State Governments Student Excellence Program. The two programs offered by the Government are for students who have been recognised as working at a high level across one or more learning areas.
Australasian Maths Olympiad and Maths Games Competitions
Students in years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in the APSMO Maths Olympiads competition. This is aimed at challenging participants' maths problem solving abilities. Students compete against schools in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We have been very successful in this competition, coming third and second on a number of occasions and winning the competition in 2016.
Students in years 4, 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to participate in the Maths Games Competition also run by APSMO. This competition has been specifically designed to provide mainstream students in years 4, 5 and 6 with an opportunity to learn and develop valuable maths problem solving skills. The Maths Games focuses on encouraging students to challenge themselves and develop their own abilities whilst working with teachers and fellow students to enhance their skills in this area.
Australian Maths Trust – Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition
Students in Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to participate in a one hour Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition. This is a problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking.
The competition has a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers and incorporates unique ‘three-stage tasks’ that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. The original problems are designed to be quick to solve and highly approachable, and range in difficulty from very easy to challenging. Some questions test the ability to perform procedures, others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms.
This is a lead in to coding.
For students in years 5 and 6 who have a passion for coding and are curious to give it a go? They have a creative yet logical mind and love to problem solve engaging, real-world problems?
The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), are producing a 2-stage coding challenge, free of charge to participants and aimed to extend curious minds, nurture passions and support students in refining their coding skills.
Students will participate in fun and engaging coding tasks. The challenges will require that students apply coding and algorithmic thinking in order to solve interesting problems.
ICAS Assessments™ are designed to recognise academic excellence. At BPPS we our students have the opportunity to participate in ICAS English, ICAS Maths, ICAS Science and ICAS Digital Technologies competitions. Students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. They are asked to demonstrate a deeper, integrated, and thorough level of knowledge.
ICAS is offered to students in grades 3 to 6.
Students with a passion for writing have the opportunity to participate in an external writing competition. Successful applicants then have their work published. This is facilitated by our Literacy Learning Specialist and Principal.