Holy Cross College Ryde has come up with a new way to learn and it’s focused on freedom to move, gather knowledge and collaborate – very much mimicking the students’ future work environment.
“It’s an unnatural environment to have children in one cell with a teacher,” said Principal Adam Taylor.
With that in mind the college has just opened a multipurpose series of open plan classrooms, cleverly incorporating the existing building exteriors – but with a dramatically contrasting interior.
There’re optional glass walls, a potential large assembly area, moveable bookcases, doorless year coordinator’s offices, optional privacy glass on parent teacher meeting rooms – and the school’s library.
There’s also bookable media space with a lounge. It’s also very quiet – even with many classes running simultaneously.
“Students quickly learn they have to respect the learning of others,” said Mr Taylor.
“In terms of cost effectiveness from design through to completion it was…
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