Penrhos College Junior School is a Uniting Church single gender girls school of approximately 400 students from Pre Kinder (3 years) to Year 6 (12 years). The school has one Pre Kinder class and is double streamed from Years Kindergarten to Year 4 and triple stream in Years 5 and 6. The Penrhos College vision is 'To Inspire girls to become Extraordinary Women'. There are articulated College Core shared values; Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Knowledge, Growth and Synergy. Educationally we believe in the Whole person paradigm of Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit. tom
There are four pillars of Inspiration:
- Inspirational Staff
- Inspirational Student Experiences
- Inspirational and Enduring Community
- Inspirational Environment.
In the Junior School, we have a specific Vision that supports the aspiration of the overarching vision of the College It is 'To create a future focused learning culture that empowers students to become independent, engaged, fulfilled, holistic learners'. To fulfil this vision we have clear strategies that include: working with Lee Watanabe Crockett as a Global Digital Citizen Foundation school which embraces the use of Essential Fluencies and 10 shifts of Practice.
Visiting delegates can see this work in action and staff using and sharing Wabi Sabi, which demonstrates online portfolio creation, personalised learning, immediate feedback and seamless formative assessment. Enjoy our STEM laboratory and demonstration of coding and robotics from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Hale School is Western Australia's oldest independent school, opening 1858. It is a day and boarding school for boys and is set on 50 hectares, just 10kms from the Perth CBD and a few kilometres from the coast. The Junior School is being rebuilt with the final stage due for completion in September, 2018. A Pre-Primary is being introduced and additional streams are being added to a number of grades.
When designing the new Junior School the architects worked very closely with the school as they set about understanding the School's vision for education, education for boys and how education may evolve in the future. As part of the brief the architects were conscious of the magnificent Hale grounds and designed learning spaces that encapsulated the natural bush setting. As a result, the learning spaces are very flexible, allowing teachers to be responsive to the boys needs at any time of the day. In a matter of seconds the rooms can move from spaces ideal for explicit teaching to open rooms allowing the boys to break out into large common areas or outside courtyards for more collaborative activities.
Feedback from the boys is that they love the flexibility they have to sit in a variety of areas to suit their learning style and the task at hand. They feel the learning spaces are calming and enhance their concentration. To hear boys say 'all schools should be like this', says it all!