Parade | What will schools look like in the future?

SNAPSHOT: Out Of Touch Rosellas' Tayah Hazzard looks for a way past a Bulldogs Charge defender in their B-Reserve 2 match played on Sunday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK  080518cnetb4
SNAPSHOT: Out Of Touch Rosellas' Tayah Hazzard looks for a way past a Bulldogs Charge defender in their B-Reserve 2 match played on Sunday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 080518cnetb4

WHAT will the school of the future look like? That’s the important question representatives from Bathurst’s Carenne School will explore when they undertake the first ever Game Changer Challenge this week.

Carenne School is a secondary finalist in the three-day challenge that kicks off on Tuesday at the Education Department’s new state office in Parramatta.

Day one will see teachers learn how to apply design thinking methodology in their classroom while creative industries leaders will equip students with the skills they need to carry out the challenge the following day.

On day two, teachers, students and industry mentors will collaborate in a one-day sprint to design the school of the future while day three is pitch day, where the challenge winner will be selected after a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry and education experts.

Just 16 schools have made it this far so Bathurst should be very proud to have Carenne as one of them.

Each of the finalists was selected from 100 entries which included a video outlining their vision for a school of the future.

Reality bites for school lunches

WHAT did your child take to school for lunch this morning?

Was it healthy? Was it tasty? And, most importantly, was it Instagram-worthy?

Apparently that’s the question more and more parents are asking themselves as new research (to use the term loosely) reveals up to one-third of parents felt under pressure to produce Instagram-worthy breakfasts and lunchboxes for their children.

The survey by online parenting hub Mum Central also found almost half (46 per cent) felt guilty about taking an easy option on school mornings, like giving their kids a bowl of cereal or making a cheese sandwich for their lunchbox instead of serving beautifully styled meals that look ready for social media.

We’ve come a long way since Parade’s school lunches provided what he thought was the best of both worlds – peanut butter and honey.

We’re not sure that would cut it in today’s lunchbox.