Maitland Grossmann High School has a very positive reputation within the Maitland community for outstanding academic results, quality creative and performing arts programs and sporting excellence. It has a highly effective student welfare program. The school provides an extensive academic and vocational education curriculum to meet the needs of students. Maitland Grossmann High has established strong community links both with industry and the wider community, and continues to enjoy very positive support from the whole community in its endeavours to provide the highest quality outcomes for all students.
Maitland Grossmann High School STEM Action School
The NSW Department of Education has established eight STEM Action Schools in line with the NSW Department of Education STEM Strategic Plan. The STEM Action Schools will share and support effective STEM pedagogy, illustrate innovative practice for student engagement in STEM, and demonstrate successful leadership, professional learning and industry partnerships.
Through an expression of interest process the eight schools were identified:
- Cronulla High School
- East Hills Girls Technology High School
- Hastings Secondary College
- Macarthur Girls High School
- Maitland Grossman High School
- Narara Valley High School
- Riverside Girls High School
- The Canobolas Rural Technology High School.
STEM Action schools:
- Exhibit exemplary teaching and learning of STEM subjects and/or integrated curriculum
- Have a clearly articulated STEM vision that can inform practice and future initiatives
- Model good practice to inform future Department initiatives
- Mentor and provide professional development to other schools
- Demonstrate implementation of flexible, effective or new approaches to student engagement and/or student pathway planning
- Display high quality resources and skills, and professional learning programs
- Build effective partnerships with local councils, businesses, universities and industry
- Provide advice to other schools on aspects of being a STEM Action School, including implementation, structural organisation and financial management.
- Mentor final year pre-service teachers and early career teachers of science, technology and mathematics
- Share and disseminate all aspects of being a STEM Action School.
Each of the selected schools has staff with individual strengths and particular expertise. A goal of this program is to facilitate these accomplished and experienced staff to lead a community of practice in the teaching of STEM across NSW.
The School Developed Board Endorsed Course, iSTEM was created by Maitland Grossmann High School as part of a Regional Development Australia – Hunter, ME Program grant
- MGHS Identified the need for contexualised STEM curriculum to better engage students
- It is unique in its cross-curricula approach which truly integrates STEM
- Emphasis on Project Based and Inquiry Based Learning pedagogies
- Since its introduction in 2010 the school has experienced significant improvements in student participation in Physics, Engineering Studies and Mathematics in both Preliminary and HSC Years
- It is now a central component of the Hunter’s ME Program and over 70 schools across NSW have sought endorsement
- Stage 4 iSTEM program will be implemented in 2016
- The program has achieved high acclaim from the Office of the Chief Scientist; iSTEM “is one of the great examples of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and exactly captures the practical nature of science and engineering” Ian Chub AFR July 2015.
The ME Program is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused, school and industry partnership program
- Works to prepare the workforce of the future by linking schools and industry to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects
- MGHS has been a leading contributor to the success of the ME Program which has been recogised as an exemplar in the National Innovation and Science Agenda
- Has led to outstanding success in external competitions such as the F1inSchools at Regional, State, National and for the first time in 2016 International levels.
- Has greatly improved female participation in STEM, including 50% of the iSTEM cohort.