Maria Regina Catholic Primary School is situated at Avalon on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It is a small school community of staff and parents working towards providing children with a happy and challenging environment. We have a successful Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Program and cater for gifted and high achieving students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Maria Regina is a vibrant and dynamic school offering a variety of curricular opportunities and we are very excited to have this STEAM/Art project happening at Maria Regina. The STEAM Mother’s Day project has been fun to do and very exciting seeing the Year 5 and Year 6 students applying their critical and creative skills on this project.
I would like to thank Carey Furze, Director of Bookform for her generosity, professional support and collaborations with Dr Wade and sharing the Year 5 and Year 6 student's accomplishments on this innovative project with their families and friends on Open Day, 29 May 2019.
Maria Regina Catholic Primary School has been invited to lead in Australia by pioneering a case study research project on the implementation of STEAM-based learning in primary schools. Our new STEAM/Arts Educator, Dr Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen collaborated with Director of Bookform.com.au, Carey Furze, to capture the children's socio-emotional intelligence in an e-publication. Carey is responsible for developing the world’s-first technology on socio-emotional intelligence being piloted in Australia, Singapore, India & the US. The program aims to give teachers greater autonomy to try new learning programs and initiatives in their teaching practice.
Dr Wade brings with her academic expertise and 30+ years of teaching experience across primary, high school, and tertiary education. Her PhD research investigates creativity and innovation and explores how Art & Design are core to an integrated STEAM education approach. She found the main difference between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and STEAM education is STEM explicitly focuses on scientific concepts thereby not recognising students with more of an Arts tendency.