From animal therapy to human psychology students explored a range of issues in their communities this year as part of the annual Year 6 Exhibition.
The Queen Margaret College Atrium was buzzing at the end of Term 3 with excited students preparing for the annual Year 6 Exhibition.
The Exhibition is the final project within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and requires students to complete a collaborative inquiry identifying and offering solutions to real life issues or problems.
As part of the project students engage with their community and interview experts in a specific field to think critically and question their research and findings.
Charlotte-Jane Mears, Riley Gifford and Sophia Commisso researched animal therapy and the way pets could be incorporated into classrooms and workplaces to increase mental and physical wellbeing.
As part of this research the trio brought Griff the dog into school to interact with their classmates.
“We explored how interactions between animals and children can help support health and wellbeing, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. We also researched how animals connect to young adults and students to make them feel comfortable and be able to concentrate on school and work,” Charlotte-Jane explains.
Ilana Aharoni, Quinn Schulde, Maria Galatescu, Zamantha Robinson and Boh Shadwell investigated “factors that contribute to a positive identity”, including how music could affect people’s moods.
The group demonstrated their findings by inviting their audience to get into two large boxes and discuss feelings they had with and without music playing.
“We had two boxes, one with music playing and one without it because we wanted to find out how music can affect your brain. We found out through our surveys that people who sat in the box with happy music playing would feel happy,” Ilana says.
Ruby Lovell, Emily Mutch and Eimear Fitzgerald researched upcycling fashion and how “the fashion industry can challenge our beliefs and the choices we make”.
As part of the project the trio hosted a swap shop for Junior School girls in the middle of Term 3.
“We chose to do a swap shop because we want all clothes that aren’t used anymore to be used,” Ruby says.
Head of the Junior School Kathleen McDonnell says she is grateful to the teachers, mentors and parents for their support of the Exhibition.
“It was a fitting celebration of an extraordinary learning journey and a culmination of many years of hard work to gain skills and confidence across many areas,” she says.