Since the project based learning initiative on South Africa launched on November 1st, WBKS has continued to ask and answer student questions about South Africa and to show videos that give a glimpse into the lives of the students at our partner school, Sacred Heart College, a PreK-12 Catholic school in Johannesburg. Our students and faculty watched as the refugee Precieuse finally found happiness and economic stability in Johannesburg in a stop-gap animation video created by the refugee students at Sacred Heart College's Three2Six program, a program whose core objective is to transition refugee children into mainstream education. We also saw how Sacred Heart students do project-based learning (PBL), which our students will be engaged in throughout this school year.
Kearney students are immersing themselves in questions of South African culture, art, music, history, political/economic systems, and languages. Teachers coach students as they explore those complex issues, and an ongoing relationship with the Sacred Heart community will enable Kearney students to understand the lives and challenges of their South African peers. Class project can be seen on our website at "Bishop Kearney Presents: South Africa" Website.
Last week, during their professional day, the faculty spent a full day designing project-based learning experiences focused on South Africa. Most teachers are working in teams because PBL is often inter-disciplinary. During the launch the following day, faculty facilitated discussions in which Kearney students responded to complex questions from Sacred Heart College students.