Citizens of Tomorrow, Today
the Lifelong Learning Programme
Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand
Community involvement in the school
The program was developed at
The Citizens of Tomorrow, Today: the Lifelong Learning Programme is a wide range of activities that students choose to do in order to gain points towards a medal.
The activities are designed to appeal to students who have an interest in sport, ballet, martial arts, or the more creative activities such as photography, art, and craft, etc. It also encourages students to go out into the community and volunteer in activities such as Clean Up Australia, volunteer in an aged care home or teach children they babysit a new skill, maybe how to play a computer game.
It also recognizes that not only teachers but their parents and extended family and friends are often people they can learn from. So when they go on a fishing trip with an uncle or plan a family holiday with their grandparents it can be scored towards their medal.
Home learning is valued!
Some of the activities are to be conducted at home:
- Plan a healthy three course menu, obtain ingredients, cook it for your family and clean up.
- Calculate change manually while out shopping with your family on five occasions.
- Order pizza and compare the prices so you get the best deal.
- Look after your pet.
- Set up a recycling system for your family, and street.
- Start up a small business e.g. Dog Walking, Children’s Party Games.
School learning also counts
Other experiences will be conducted mainly at
school e.g. Communicate
with a culture where English is not their first language. It is anticipated that the school will be able to
provide the majority of the
experiences, thus diminishing any burden on the family. However, where families
support their child, we believe there will be added benefits. A
Role of parents
One idea behind the “Citizens of Tomorrow, Today” Programme is to increase the participation of parents in the growth of the student at an age when students are less inclined to participate in family events. It is also designed to encourage family experiences that may not be a usual part of their routines. The parent will be able to guide the student in the planning process and be there to ratify each experience (where applicable) by signing in the Record Book. It is not the intention that the activities become a burden for the family or that parents will be expected to go to any undue lengths to support their child.
The Core Requirements are thirteen lifelong learning experiences that must be included. Note there is a minimum of one per category. You will need to complete all of these Core Requirements before you can receive any medal. On completion of the Core Requirements you will have achieved 70 points towards your bronze, silver, gold or platinum medal.