Modern learning environments
This image gallery holds photos from schools in Australia and New Zealand, including schools in our Diocese which have developed 'modern learning environments', or 'flexible' or 'agile learning environments'.
Initially the idea of a fale was proposed for this ILE to reflect the Pasifika community in Tokoroa. Finances have dictated the final shape. The roof is on and we are waiting for the completion date.
The first step in our pilgrimage 2016 was a stop at St.Francis Xavier, Whangarei which has built modern learning spaces for their junior school.
There are unisex toilets, glass sliders between classrooms and break out spaces.
Yvonne has developed a block which provides for two classes i.e. NE to Y4 and Y4-Y8.
The colours are vibrant and there are interesting extras like the reading nook which can be used for filming and performing (green wall). You are welcome to come and visit any time :)
Opotiki has just opened their new building. It feels like a wharenui or church inside because of the height gained with the light wells in the centre. Lots of indoor/outdoor flow with bi folding doors on all sides. There are two wet areas- one for cooking and science and one for art. These will be enclosed with glass doors in the future.
This space will have four teachers and 80 students from Year 5-8. Opotiki is just starting the journey of collaborative practice and learning about teaching in an ILE- led by their Deputy Principal.
We opened up two classrooms and turned them into a space for three homerooms i.e. three teachers and 67 children from Year 5 and 6.
This was done in two days in the Christmas holidays and has been the best thing for this team of teachers. They are excited by their teaching.
Here are a few photos of the new middle school block which was opened officially in Week 1, 2016.
There are three teachers working in these spaces. The model is a T shaped block which includes a big wet area. One of the photos is the new administration block at St.Patricks which sits beside the church and encourages collaboration with the parish.
Here are some photos from a trip to the Gold Coast in September with the University of Waikato. I visited MaryMount, St.Augustine's and Guardian Angels on the GC, lots of money in Catholic schools in Queensland.
A visit by the HCPA to 6 schools in the Parramatta Diocese- the pedagogy and the buildings are in synch, thanks to the work of the CEO of the Diocesan office.