ABOUT US

OUR LEARNING STORY 

Woolsthorpe provides a unique and dynamic learning experience for its learners. Our school has a history and culture of high expectations, parent involvement and academic excellence. We live, learn and work by our ‘Trademark’ of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork. Our school is recognised by the local community for its non-negotiables when it comes to ensuring a safe, caring and innovative learning environment. We work hard with families to build genuine relationships that foster genuine conversions and feedback processes. Our new school was built in 2013, with the latest technology and learning spaces, where teachers work in collaborative teams to personalise learning for all students. iPad technology is embedded, almost invisible, in all areas of learning and is strategically used to enhance learning experience. We are a 1-to-1 iPad school with all students and staff using iPad to drive and support our learning culture. Our House System, Creative Arts, Science Specialist, Chinese language, Discovery Learning, Kitchen and Gardening Programs are just some of the unique experiences our learners have here at Woolsthorpe.

WHY A LEARNING PROCESS 

Our Learning Process is designed to be a simple common language that all learners in our community can understand and use. Importantly, our Learning Process model has been designed from the ground up by staff and students. Our thinking was action researched and built on contemporary learning theories & practices. Ownership of the design and process were key to the speed of implementation and change of practice. Learners can identify and describe which part of the Learning Process they are in and why they are there. Our Learner Traits are important skills, which learners can draw upon when they are in any part of the Learning Process to overcome obstacles and be the best learner that they can be.

‘Knowing what to do when learners don’t know what to do is a valued part of the Learning Process’

We equip learners with traits necessary for their school life and real world contexts. Our school values each learner’s passions and aims to develop students’ confidence, knowledge, understanding, appreciation, curiosity and most of all a love of learning.

Learners are motivated and engaged in their learning, developing independent Learner Traits – collaboration, initiative, tolerance, curiosity, creativity and determination – and take responsibility for their own process of learning. Discovery Learning encourages autonomous lifelong learners’

AN EDUCATION WORTH HAVING
We believe, an education worth having is built on authentic learning experiences, fun and creativity. Learning is designed where students curiosity is harnessed, their talents are valued and most of all formed around genuine relationships with teachers, students and parents. By teaching students how to justify, articulate and record their thinking process, we are encouraging students to value the process of learning, not just the end product or answer. When students can adapt the known to the unknown and transfer learning from one context to another, they are demonstrating their ability to use their knowledge and skills in multiple situations and are therefore beginning to operate as a true lifelong learner.

TEACHERS

  • Are learners, creators, thinkers themselves: first and foremost
  • Embed deep learning, thinking and questioning in their practice
  • Are risk takers and learners through collaborative professional learning conversations
  • Use iPad powerfully to teach creativity, collaboration, design and story

STUDENTS

  • Have ownership of their learning
  • Are given choice, voice and freedom to learn by discovery
  • Question, wonder, make, build, test, trial, fail, do, act, create, collaborate
  • Use iPad powerfully to make, create and share learning

PUBLICATION Learning Process iBook Link- https://itun.es/au/6R8e5.l

Learning in an Ideal School from Simon on Vimeo.

MORE INFORMATION

Enrol Anytime for new families thinking about enrolling students, book a personalised tour anytime that suits by calling the office on (03) 55692241

Email– woolsthorpe.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

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