Socrates is a programme for Year 9 and Year 10 gifted and talented students in Autumn and Winter terms. The programme encourages strong community links and is run in conjunction with the Schools Engagement Unit at the University of Western Sydney.
The Socrates Progamme involves students choosing an area of personal interest and completing a deep learning project. Participants are mentored by students from UWS, specialists in particular fields, parents, teachers or past students. Mentors interact with students on a weekly basis. Students can also opt to have an online mentor.
Each project is organised around a driving focus question that students explore. Deep learning is scaffolded by an authentic enquiry methodology involving questioning, locating information, conceptualising, evaluating, analysing and synthesising and applying information, sharing knowledge and reflecting on learning through peer and self evaluation.
The Socrates Programme culminates in an energetic and interactive showcase that celebrates the specific and unique gifts and talents of Macarthur students. The evening is a highlight of the year and engages and inspires many of our younger students.