When you enter Good Shepherd, prepare to be surprised.
Be Prepared To Be Surprised
When you enter our learning spaces be prepared for unexpected surprises. Traditional student desks have been replaced by innovative, flexible learning environments.
When considering the design of our learning spaces we asked ourselves these questions:
• How do children learn best?
• What do we want the students to be able to do in this space?
Typically, you will find collaborative clusters, quiet retreat spaces, whole class meeting areas and areas for problem solving, design and creation. Although there are dedicated spaces for technology the underlying philosophy at Good Shepherd is that technology is agile in its application and can be integrated into the learning in any of these spaces.
Changing the way a classroom is designed changes the teaching and learning too. When you enter our classrooms it can be a challenge to find a teacher’s desk and that’s intentional. Our teachers come alongside the learners. At Good Shepherd we have removed the barrier of the traditional teacher’s desk enabling teachers to actively move amongst the students throughout the day. Teachers are present in the learning at all times, guiding and supporting each child right when they need it.
These are initiatives that we are embracing right now but we also have an exciting vision for our future. In 2018 our Junior Primary classrooms underwent a significant redevelopment. These now encompass bright, open learning spaces with flexible furnishings allowing for the rooms to be used in different ways according to purpose and also allow for differing student learning styles. Our plans include innovative ‘break out spaces’ which can be used by students to work collaboratively with their class group as well as across different classes in buddy groupings. What an exciting start for your child’s educational journey at Good Shepherd!
See our flexible learning spaces in action!
- Computer & STEM area
- Sensory room
- Chaplain room
- Shepherd’s Hub gymnasium
- Visual arts
- Music and singing