Learning Communities The vision for the Middle School Centre is to provide best practice in educational design and planning to create the highest of learning standards. The premise for the Centre is that it promotes excellence in learning and teaching. The important factors of this are not only the spatial and conceptual planning of the Centre itself, but the integration of the building and underlying philosophy with the greater school community and the local community.
The concept for studio provides new opportunities for supporting teaching and learning and changes the standard contained and separate classroom to a collaborative, interdisciplinary learning community. The studio breaks down the boundaries between disciplines both philosophically and physically. It can support project-based learning, peer tutoring, technology-aided teaching, cooperative learning and team teaching. As well as supporting multi-age classes, multidisciplinary curricula and flexible timetabling. The physical attributes also lend itself to the expansion of studios to provide for large groups and teachers collaborating for co-teaching. This is further extended to the possibilities of connecting internal and external learning spaces along the learning street.
The Learning Street is the social boulevard of the Centre, sustaining the different modes of learning, promoting interaction and providing for social and quiet spaces, gallery space and performances. The Street also connects the inside with outside, is spacious and light to encourage interaction. Some of the main features on the interactive street are: flexibility and opportunity
Focus Labs and Project Spaces
The specialised focus labs and project spaces include interactive learning for arts, science and technology. These spaces provide specialist equipment and facilities for these activities to promote collaborative learning to develop and produce products, information and specialised skills. The focus science lab is also integrated with a propagation glasshouse, where students can learn about horticulture, the environmental effects of capturing passive solar energy and the use of rainwater collection for propagation.
This interaction with natural resources and recycling is extended further by a series of outdoor learning spaces including the seasonal produce garden and wetland.
Photography by Rhiannon Slatter.