Each year, the Melbourne Grammar School community – Old Melburnians, parents and friends – comes together to support an initiative that enhances the learning experience and environment for our students. In 2016, the Melbourne Grammar School Annual Giving Campaign is supporting our plans to build a new state-of-the-art Science and Technology Hub centred on an integrated and innovative pedagogical approach.
The support of our entire community is vital to reach our goal of $15 million by December 2016. That is why we encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation to our New World of Teaching and Learning Campaign, or to extend your current support.
No matter the size of the gift, every donation takes us a step closer the New World of Teaching and Learning at Melbourne Grammar School.
Please help to inspire future generations of Old Melburnians to positively influence the world around them. Donate online today.
Our nourishment, safety, homes, neighbourhoods, relationships with family and friends, health, jobs, and leisure are all profoundly shaped by technological innovation and the discoveries of science.1
Melbourne Grammar School is home to a core group of students with a keen interest and talent in Science and Technology. However, as is the trend for primary and secondary school students across Australia,2 numbers participating in STEM related subjects at our School is decreasing.
By introducing an innovative pedagogical approach to Science and Technology in a new state-of-the-art facility, we will spark the interest and creativity of students in these areas and open their eyes to their own potential. Including transparent and flexible learning spaces and designated places for featuring students work, the new Science and Technology Hub will increase collaboration between peers, as well as students and teachers. As they move through from Wadhurst to Year 12, students will be introduced to the types of learning that they are likely to experience at university and to require in their lives beyond School.
By making a donation today, you will transform Science and Technology at Melbourne Grammar School.
75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge.3
When they leave School, our students will enter a global economy driven by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Equipped with the skills to succeed in this environment, and an understanding of how they can make a positive impact through STEM, it is anticipated that more students will pursue tertiary studies in this area.
With support from donors like you, we will empower the world’s next great innovative thinkers and, in doing so, support Australia’s prosperity and well-being.
Please give and help to inspire more students to find their passion for STEM-related tertiary studies.
Australia has a declining rate of STEM-related course completions which have decreased over the past 10 years from 22% to 16%. The Office of the Chief Scientist also indicates that the proportion of tertiary students with first degrees in STEM is only 10.6%.4
As the country begins to respond to the STEM challenge, demand for the best qualified teachers will increase as will the competition to continue to attract and retain the best teachers – our reputation of excellence will no longer be sufficient.
By providing an inviting, stimulating learning environment and a collaborative teaching approach with the latest technology, we will help our teachers to achieve the best results and demonstrate that Melbourne Grammar School values the needs of teachers.
The Science and Technology Hub will be a drawcard for teachers; it will offer them an exciting environment in which they can learn from each other, share their expertise, and provide opportunities for collaborative teaching. It will be a place where teachers are supported and encouraged to be their best and to provide the best education for our students.
Please make a gift today, and help to ensure we retain and attract the best teachers.
“If we are going to be a country that has a vibrant economy, then that's going to be built on science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship,” - Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist5
With an innovative pedagogical approach delivered in our custom-built Science and Technology Hub, Melbourne Grammar School will future-proof the study of STEM. Not only will we allow ourselves the space and flexibility to adapt and innovate as our world changes, we will also continue our strong School tradition of leading by example.
With plans to actively engage with the scientific and business community within the Science and Technology Hub, we will also provide our students with real world experiences. Our Science and Technology Hub will make a clear statement that Melbourne Grammar School is ready to create a New World of Teaching and Learning – a world that helps to inspire our students to create positive change.
Be part of the future of Science and Technology at Melbourne Grammar School, by making a donation today.
1 Office of the Chief Scientist, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach. July 2013.
2 Australian Industry Group, Progressing STEM Skills in Australia, March 2015.
3 Becker and Park, Effects of integrative approaches among STEM subjects on students’ learning, Journal of STEM Education 12 July – September 2011.
4 Ai Group Submission to the Federal Government’s 2015-16 Budget, February 2015.
5 Finkel, A. 27 October 2015. The World Today - Introducing Australia's new Chief Scientist: E. Hall [Transcript]. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.