MYBennies Integrated Learning


MYBennies Innovation Project

How to better engage students in the middle years of schooling, Years 7 to 9, is one of the current focuses at Mount St Benedict College.

The MYBennies Innovation Project is the result of two years of research and ongoing professional learning in this area. Central to this project 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 tree represents visually the elements that are addressed in the MYBennies Innovation Project.

Our foundations remain - our Good Samaritan heritage, the gospels and Catholic tradition, and the Rule of Benedict.Building on our values and mission we draw on Positive Education, Teaching for Understanding and a more integrated approach to the delivery of teaching and learning programs to develop learners who pursue personal excellence, who have a service orientation, are critical and creative thinkers and have personal ethos and values.

In this way we believe we will be educating young women who can take their place in the world of the 21st century, with confidence and the ability to transform themselves and the world.

MYBennies – Year 7 Integrated Course

In 2015 a new integrated learning program MYBennies was introduced to all Year 7 students as part of the MYBennies Innovation Project. Nine specialist teachers work together from Religious Education, English, PDHPE, TAS, Geography, History and Drama to deliver the program which fosters students creativity and problem solving; communication; critical thinking; information and media literacy; global citizenship; collaboration and teamwork and independence in learning. The students are grouped in classes of between 21 - 23 students allowing students to meet students not in their base classes. The students complete four units throughout the year – What’s Behind The Red Brick Wall?, Window To The World, Let’s Talk About My Learning! (culminating in a Student Led Conference with parents) and the MYChoice project.

STEM – Year 8 Integrated Experiences

In 2016 (after piloting in 2015) Year 8 students have had several unique opportunities to experience the integrated project-based learning experience of STEM.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning experiences integrate the teaching of skills from these disciplines so that what students learn is shown to be transferrable between disciplines and contexts, and relevant to real-world situations. All Year 8 students have participated in four high-quality STEM learning experience days. These days involved the whole year group working in small collaborative groups to design, construct and present projects using engineering principles in order to solve real-world problems.