Innovation and Enterprise
To prepare for an innovation-driven future, our pupils need to be equipped with the capabilities and attributes to stake their claim and carve out new frontiers for themselves in the global economy. Our teachers should also constantly model good innovation habits in their interaction with pupils, and encourage an open atmosphere of thinking and inquiry. In Pei Chun, we develop and align our activities and programmes by creating supportive structures that promote school improvements through innovation and enterprise and information communication technology. This also helps encourage our staff to develop innovative programmes.
Our approach to promoting innovation is enabled by three key domains of People, Process, and Programme. Through the approach and enablers, we are able to equip our people to embrace innovation; enhance process efficiency; and excite our pupils with enriching programmes.
The Project Work Initiative is one of our drivers to promote innovation. It provides pupils and teachers opportunities to break away from the compartmentalisation of knowledge and skills, which results from subject-area instruction. One of our key signature programmes, the Bilingual Media Studies Project is our school-wide project work initiative. Broad themes, which cut across subjects such as English Language, Chinese Language, Social Studies and ICT skills are used to bring the various aspects of the curriculum together, helping our pupils, see the interconnectedness of their learning. Pupils are then encouraged to use resources that go beyond the textbooks, to work collaboratively, to think critically, creatively and independently and to communicate their findings. This will help pupils to construct a better network of knowledge and skills for the 21st century.
The innovative programmes in Pei Chun aim to provide pupils with the environment that supports and encourages innovation. It is delivered to develop in our pupils, different skill set, experiences and perspectives to encourage creativity and new ways to do things. The integration of curriculum and co-curriculum and the use of information communication technology help pupils strengthen and develop their innovative skills by encouraging student inquiry and experimentation, and greater ownership of their own learning process.
The innovation programmes broaden our pupils learning experiences by increasing the number of opportunities for pupils to translate their passions and interest into action. They also enhance existing opportunities, and at the same time, increase the avenues available for pupils in both the formal and informal curriculum. Pupils are therefore able to develop 21st century skills and gain experience to take their ideas and create value out of them.
These programmes include the Bilingual Media Studies Programme (Project Work), Pei Chun Creative Toys Competition and the Pupil Suggestion Scheme.
The innovative programmes are assessed mainly through reflections while Project Work is assessed through an informal assessment based on the domains: Knowledge Application, Communication, Collaboration and Independent Learning. While pupils learn to work in groups, they will also learn independently through self-reflection and evaluation of their own work processes. These learning outcomes exist in dynamic interplay rather than as compartmentalised and distinct categories.