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Bennies Buzz
May 2014
What is the MYBennies Project?
Over the last two years, Mount St Benedict College has been
investigating ways to better engage students in the middle
years. After a year of research and collecting data from
surveys and school visits in 2012, an Implementation Team
was formed in 2013 to refine the data and develop a timeline
for implementation. The work of this team was based on the
following three recommendations:
The use of Teaching for Understanding
as a framework for teaching and learning
The use of the Positive Education approach
across all aspects of College life
Adopting an integrated approach to
curriculum in years 7-9
This year a MYBennies Innovation team has been appointed
to oversee the implementation of the three recommendations.
The team is led by Mrs Sharon McGowan and also includes
Ms Maree Henson, Ms Mairead Ennis and Ms Karin Balmer.
Underpinning these recommendations is a strong belief in
the importance of relationships between students, teachers
and parents. The project will involve making some changes
to the ways in which we build relationships within the
community, to the framework used for teaching programs
and the way in which curriculum and other programs are
delivered. Central to these changes is our belief that girls
learn at their best when they have strong connections,
when they feel valued, respected and known, and when
their learning is relevant and interesting. The MYBennies
logo represents visually the various elements that will be
addressed through these changes. 
Change is afoot!
During 2012 and 2013, over 90% of teaching staff
completed professional learning in the Harvard institute
course ‘Teaching for Understanding’ in learning teams
and are now writing and delivering curriculum and
pastoral programs using this learning framework.  
All staff in the College are completing Positive Education
professional learning in 2014 which will then be
implemented into teaching and pastoral programs.
‘Listen with the Ear of your Heart’ conversations
between homeroom mentors and Year 8 students were
implemented in 2013 and have now been extended to
include Year 9. These conversations focus on building
positive relationships and goal setting, elements which
underpin our vision.
In Term Four of 2013, the PDHPE and Geography faculties
shared a project-based learning activity in which students
investigated a local suburb and proposed a recreational
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