The Village School Gold Coast will follow a mix of learning philosophies, such as. It will offer Prep to Year 6 primary schooling through two mixed aged classes namely, Prep-Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6 with whole school, classroom, age group and individual learning opportunities. This allows for identification of individual strengths and gaps in their learning, ensuring each student has a personal learning plan created to ensure that each is supported or extended as needed.
Teachers will be delivering learning through the Australian Curriculum via daily focussed English and Numeracy lessons, and Science or Humanities and Social Science as (HaSS) integrated thematic units inspired by Kath Murdoch’s inquiry cycle. Spending an hour outdoors exploring the surrounding community on a daily basis allows for authentic learning and connection opportunities to occur as guided by the School’s Place-Based Education. Place-Based Education involves exploring the beaches, river mouth, parks, local sporting clubs and attractions allowing for the students to understand their place within the community, by observing how the community works and interacts around and with them.
The Village School Gold Coast inspires the next generation of learners to be a positive change in our world by forging strong community relations in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
The Village School Gold Coast co-constructs learning pathways to provide students with adaptive 21st Century skills through real-world, purposeful experiences embracing community involvement.
- using evidence-based learning is best practice,
- students are allowed to feel safe and valued,
- learning is transparent, purposeful and is focussed on real-world issues and skills that are future applicable (21st Century skills),
- emotional intelligence is as important as academic intelligence, and
- parental and community involvement enhances learning.
The Village School Gold Coast endeavours to use an integrated approach to the National Australian Curriculum through project- and curiosity-based learning. This is achieved when a child’s interests are engaged, exploration through play, asking of questions and encouragement to share findings with an authentic audience. The Village School Gold Coast believes this process, where knowledge is co-constructed, is essential to a child’s development and understanding of the world around them. By equipping our students with connectivity to their surroundings, community and environment, along with an understanding of how these elements interact and effect them, we are providing them with an integral platform to further their learning in senior years, as well as adapt to challenges in new situations.
- allow children to learn through their independent exploration,
- ensure dedicated teachers are there to guide, consolidate and extend student’s learning,
- use the Australian Curriculum to deliver planned and authentic learning and assessment experiences that consider the individual needs of each child,
- allow children to investigate their strengths and identify their weaknesses to overcome challenges,
- inspire children so they learn that they are valued and have the capacity to contribute to a prosperous and harmonious current and future society,
- provide opportunities for children to understand themselves first as learners and ultimately develop a love for life-long learning,
- use Place-Based Learning to develop stronger partnerships through community participation and regularly involve the parents and family members,
- build authentic connections between the curriculum and real-world environments,
- build on their current values to being a joyful, respectful and engaged learner, and
- lead students in responding from their thinking brain and not their emotional brain to optimise learning.
Motivated by Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle where everything begins with the why, The Village School Gold Coast’s values follow the same knowledge, with curiosity at the centre before going wider to include awareness and finally the value of nurture.
1. Curiosity – Why am I learning this?
Children are naturally inquisitive and learn through their independent exploration, with guidance to consolidate and extend their learning. Our mission is to deliver planned and organic learning experiences which considers the individual needs and interests of the child.
2. Awareness – How will I learn this?
The brain learns naturally. By laying down necessary neural pathways, children investigate their strengths and identify their weaknesses to overcome challenges to make a difference in the world. Children learn that they are valued and have the capacity to contribute to a prosperous and harmonious society, now and in the future. Our intention is that children come to understand themselves first as learners and ultimately develop a love for life-long learning
3. Nurture – What can I do with this?
Developing stronger partnerships through community participation and parent involvement is an essential element for authentic connections between the curriculum and real-world environments. Knowledge is power. The way a child perceives, reacts and interacts with their environment is crucial to being a joyful, respectful and an engaged learner. Children are led to respond from their thinking brain and not respond from their emotional brain to optimise learning.