Transforming our Learning Landscape

Transforming our Learning Landscape

Friday 7 June

We are blessed with incredible teaching and learning spaces at both our Chidley and Bayview campuses due to the strategic planning and forward thinking of past Council affiliates, Principals and generous donors. Understanding, reviewing and remaining aware of changing learning landscapes in education globally, nationally and locally is important as we together plan for St Hilda’s future.

We are living in a time of exponential change with technology, globalisation and environmental factors and the pace of change, particularly in education, is not looking to slow down. If anything, the change is predicted to increase. As part of our Master Planning, we need to re-imagine education, keeping the focus on unlocking the potential of every girl and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and values they need to thrive and make a positive contribution to the wider world.

I had the opportunity to attend the 19th Annual Learning Environments Australasia Conference hosted in Perth last week. This conference focused on engaging with people, place and spatial pedagogy. Included in the conference was the chance to visit outstanding examples of educational design here in Perth and hear from internationally and nationally renowned speakers. Through engaging with leading experts in this area, and bringing together expertise from educators, architects and policy makers, I was challenged and stimulated in my thinking about the relationship between spaces for learning and meeting ongoing change for our St Hilda’s girls. It also reinforced to me that School Council’s initiative to generate the new Master Plan has provided the opportunity to properly address the future challenge of designing learning spaces for the St Hilda’s class of 2040.

How will education and learning spaces adapt to a world of rapid change and disruption? We know that learning happens anywhere and everywhere in the global interactive era that is this generation’s reality. We also know that contemporary learning spaces do change and improve the way in which our girls learn.  However, in our planning we also recognise that positive relationships and meaningful interactions between our staff and girls will always be the most important factor in effective teaching and learning. I have seen incredible lessons at St Hilda’s outside under the shade or in a courtyard that are student focused, engaging, challenging and excellence examples of visible learning without a wall or technical device in sight.

One significant learning from my short time at St Hilda’s is that our school’s history, character and environment plays a significant role within our community. It brings people together and provides a sense of place and belonging. A key consideration for our Master Plan, and the creation of transformational educational spaces, will be maintaining the St Hilda’s identity that our girls and our community will continue to love.