Iona Presentation Primary endeavours to meet the individual needs of each student. In partnership with families, our highly qualified staff consider each child’s overall abilities and interests to provide programs which aim to extend identified strengths and intervene where there are gaps in learning.
Our Challenge Program for Year 3 to Year 6 is aimed at developing critical and creative thinking skills to enhance problem solving capabilities. In the early years, there is a focus on divergent and innovative thinking, applying thinking strategies such as Tony Ryan’s Thinker’s Keys and De Bono’s Six Hats.
In Year 5 and Year 6, students have the opportunity to participate in the Opti-Minds and the Future Problem Solving Programs.
- Opti-Minds (Tournament of Minds prior to 2013) is a program which emphasises creative problem solving, divergent and innovative thinking, research, co-operative learning and leadership skills. Students compete against other schools across three disciplines: Language/ Literature, Science/ Engineering and Social Sciences.
- Iona has achieved State Honours and been State Finalists in all three disciplines consistently since 2010. We have been National Champions in Science Engineering in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2015, two Iona teams represented Western Australia and both teams received Australian Honours.
- Our teacher, Ms Rebecca Neesham, was named State Facilitator of the Year in 2013.
- The Future Problem Solving Program is an academically rigorous course aimed at developing analytical and research skills in the context of future global issues. Future skills, creative thinking, analysis, research and communication are emphasised in the six step thinking process. The top 10% of students in Australia are invited to compete at the National Finals.
- Iona has been invited to the National Finals in 2010 (2 teams), 2012 (2 teams), 2013 (2 teams), 2014 and 2015. We have achieved in the top 8 teams each year including becoming National Champions in 2013 and 2014 and representing Australia at the International Future Problem Solving Competition held in Iowa, USA, in June 2014 and 2015. Our 2015 Iona team was invited to represent Australia at the 2016 International Conference in Michigan, USA.
- In 2015, Ms Rebecca Neesham received the E. Paul Torrance Coaches Award for her Contribution to Future Problem Solving Programme Australia.