Impact projects encourage students to develop the key skills of problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. As stated in the New Zealand Curriculum:
Students who are competent thinkers and problem solvers actively seek, use and create knowledge. They reflect on their own personal learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions.
Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects and set high standards.
Students who relate well to others are open to new learning and are able to take different roles in different situations. By working effectively together they can come up with new approaches, ideas and ways of thinking.
Students who participate and contribute in communities have a sense of belonging and the confidence to participate within new contexts.
Impact projects at Campion College are run alongside the traditional curriculum. Students are able, if they choose, to gain NCEA credits or to further develop their knowledge of the curriculum strands as they complete their projects.
At Campion College projects are based on four principles:
- Student Interest or Agency - the project belongs to the student
- Substantial Learning (Outside the classroom)
- A Quality Product
- An Impact on the Community