Living to Learn: An Integrated Curriculum

The parents and staff are dedicated to developing broad scale biodiversity which allows students to explore their surroundings in a real and practical way so they can continue to extend their learning outside the classroom. Students take an active role in their environment through the study of nature, gardening and observation.

Every opportunity is taken to broaden students' awareness of the interrelationship of all living things so that day by day they can develop an understanding of how they can contribute to the world around them. These learning opportunities are integrated into the curriculum to meet both Montessori and Government outcomes.

As educators and parents we are continually impressed by the children's attitudes and their capacity to take ideas in new directions. The children take an active role in the development of the school grounds which helps to educate them about sustainability using a practical life approach.

The school environment has been designed and developed to extend learning into real life. providing great, creative spaces for students to explore, learn, play and relax.

Permaculture

Permaculture is at the core of everything we do as we teach ourselves how to try to live a more sustainable life. The four tenets we adopt are:

  • grow organic food,
  • reduce energy consumption,
  • recycle waste
  • create habitat for other life around us

Student Involvement

Every student at the School learns from the garden at some level. From the beginning of Cycle 2 student involvement intensifies. Cycle 2 students, working in the garden in small teams with a mentor, build the fundamental physical skills and knowledge required for future projects.

Cycle 3 students, in small teams, work on specific parts of a project forming their own mini project. Over a five week period each team, guided by a mentor, plans and prepares, implements, finalises writes a report which is presented to the class. They also have an opportunity to work on projects of their own design using the same model. Students develop a huge array of organisational, communication and physical skills.

These student projects teach the students real life skills including negotiating, compromising, team building, planning, time management and decisions making in an environment that is both fun and engaging.