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YConnect Symposium

Overview of the day:

Yeronga State High School and the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, invite you to this one-day special symposium. This is a FREE event however places are limited to 100 attendees so register early to avoid disappointment. Lunch and morning tea will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please indicate these when reserving your place. There are 3 sessions across the day. To maximise participation opportunities, we are inviting you to register for each session you plan to attend.

Symposium Schedule:

Session 1

  • 9:00 - 9:30am Opening and Opening Performances
  • 9:30 - 10:50am Overview of YConnect. What we learned. Q&A
  • 10:50 - 11:15am Morning Tea

Session 2

‚ÄčThis session focuses on the individual case study reports. These reports will be co-presented by researchers, artists, teachers and students.

  • 11:15 - 11:40am The English Case Study
  • 11:40 - 12:05pm The Artists in Arts Classrooms Case Study
  • 12:05 - 12:30pm The Essential English Case Study
  • 12:30 - 1:00pm The Focused Arts Project Case Study
  • 1:00 - 1:30 Lunch

Session 3

  • 1:30 - 2:00pm The Maths and Movement Case Study
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm Artist and Teacher Q and A
  • 2:30 - 3:30pm Reflective panel focusing on future directions within and beyond Yeronga State High School

For more information, please contact Dr Jenny Penton ( or Adrianne Jones (

About YConnect

The YConnect project was funded by the Queensland Government through the Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) in 2015. The project was undertaken by Yeronga State High School in partnership with researchers from the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University.

YConnect is one of the largest Australian studies ever conducted to investigate the outcomes for students through the use of teacher/artist partnerships and arts-based pedagogies. Its aim was to improve students’ connectedness to school and community; as well as their engagement, literacy, oral language skills and pathway perceptions.  The researchers gathered data across multiple case studies including: Focused Arts Projects, Artists in Arts Classrooms, English, Essential English, and Maths and Movement.

Across 2 ½ years, YConnect has delivered 783 arts events including lessons co-delivered by artists and teachers, extra-curricular workshops, student performances, excursions and professional development for teachers. The project has involved 47 teachers and 35 artists and arts organisations. This amounts to over 870 hours of delivery.

This one-day symposium will report key findings from the project. Throughout the day, researchers, teachers, artists and students will come together to share their experiences.

2929th Nov, 2018

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Yeronga State High School (The Auditorium)
159 Villa St, Yeronga QLD 4104

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YConnect Symposium

Thursday, 29th November