BCE schools recognised by Apple CEO for digital innovation

​St Augustine's College teacher Oliver Baumeister works with student Amelia Little on her coding skills

​​​​WHEN Apple CEO Tim Cook tweets, the world listens.

With more than 12 million followers on Twitter, his shout out about the amazing digital innovations happening in two of our schools, Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, and St Augustine's College, Augustine Heights, has gon​e global.

When it comes to digital technology, these two Brisbane Catholic Education schools are at the frontier in unlocking students' creativity and allowing them to reach new levels of innovation and problem-solving skills.

Using Apple's programming language, Swift, students have been developing enterprising ideas and designing real-world solutions to problems, building the essential skills for success in the 21st century.

St Augustine's College Curriculum Leader Technologies, Oliver Baumeister, said it was a real pleasure to be recognised for the great work that was happening across Queensland schools in the space of Application Development with Swift.

But he said the real stars of the story were the students and the team at Apple who had given the teachers and schools so much support and encouragement.​

Paul Dionysius leads technology education at Siena Catholic College

Oliver said students who learn Swift showed monumental engagement and enthusiasm for coding and digital solutions.

“The Swift language is industry-standard in application development, and is rigorous and complex, offering students the ability to push the bounds and innovate in exciting new and creative ways.

“Industry experience is incredibly important for students choosing to take up a Digital Solutions driven career path.

“Through the support provided by the team at Apple, students have the opportunity to work with industry professionals, as well as visit workplaces and make connections.

“I am truly excited to see the future these students forge with their skills in digital technologies.," he said.

Visit Siena Catholic College and St Augustine's College to find out more about how Digital Technologies is helping build in students the skills they need to make a difference in the world.

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