Posted on 01 March 2019
Our new Centre for Learning and Innovation (CLI) opened to the school community at the beginning of the year. It has been wonderful seeing our students, parents and staff begin to embrace the facility for learning activities, events and social gatherings. It has certainly become the hub of the school community!
With so much happening, we will be providing regular updates to showcase the spaces, learning activities and the numerous events occurring in the building.
In each update we will include a spotlight learning area to highlight how this space supports teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
Learning Area Spotlight - Secondary School Library
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This space is set in the south-west of the CLI building. The area can cater for approximately 20 students engaging in a workshop type learning activity or a class of 30 for wide reading.
The space houses:
The Secondary Library has been strategically designed to empower students’ choice and control over their environment. With the flexible arrangement, students can choose where they work and with whom. It also allows them to change their location and positions as needed. Unlike a traditional classroom with rows of forward-facing seating, this space is modular and arranged to support collaboration, self-directed and active learning. For larger classes, students have also been using the booths in the centre of the CLI.
Why provide activities that promote self-regulation?
Today’s complex world demands self-regulated thinkers who can take responsibility for their lives, their work, and their ongoing learning. In past times, teaching was often viewed as ‘telling’; teachers would organise and direct student learning, tell students what to do and expect compliance. Today, we recognise that this way of working produces dependency and compliance rather than self-regulation. In a rapidly changing world, it is essential that we are providing students with opportunities to engage in higher order thinking, make decisions for themselves, and take ownership of their learning. It is for this reason that self-regulation is a key element in our OC Teaching and Learning Framework.
Highlights of classroom activities and events in our Secondary Library
Developing a Reading Culture
The warm and relaxing environment of the Secondary School Library is attracting many of our students to use the space for independent study and quite reading before, after school and during the lunchtime breaks. The CLI is open to our Year 5 to Year 12 students from 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am to 4pm Friday.
Both the Junior and Secondary School Libraries are having a positive impact on our students' interest in personal reading and subsequent borrowing of books. We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of books borrowed compared to previous years!
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Junior School Library Spotlight Lessons
Last week, our Preppies heard "Mr Seahorse" to support their in-class activities on the fabulous children's author, Eric Carle. Students learned that male seahorses have pouches and some fish carry their eggs on their head, belly and some even in their mouth!
For Year 1, it was all about animals: the story "Mozzie and Midgie" by Doug MacLeod provided food for thought about what made each of us special and beautiful in different ways.
To provide Year 5 with opportunities to meet their Term 1 reading goals for their classroom reading POWER time, we showcased a variety of genres before settling on a brand-new addition to the collection, the mysterious "Skellig" by David Almond.
If you would like some assistance with finding appropriate novels and books for your child’s personal reading, please contact our Teacher Librarian, Karen Eyre. She will be able to offer you guidance regarding reading material appropriate to your child’s age group and interests.
CLI Community Hub
Prep to Year 2 Library Makerspace Activities
To cater for our younger members of the OC community, we have been offering lunchtime Makerspace activities. Every fortnight, students have the opportunity to visit the CLI to listen to a book reading and undertake a making activity. The purpose of using stories as a hook to the making activities is to broaden the children's reading experiences and allow them to discover how reading opens up whole other worlds and opportunities.
Library Lovers Day in Week 3, our younger students listen to a story by Peter
Carnavas called “The Children who loved Books”. 40 students then participated
in making a lover’s card to illustrate their love of reading and Valentine’s Day.
This week, we have been inspired by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE. Our Prep to Year 2 students will be busy designing rooms for their own treehouse, sewing pillows for the 'Room full of pillows', building paddle-pop tree structures and creating snakes and ladders board games with a micro:bit dice. We look forward to sharing their creations with you.
Junior School STEM Club
Junior School STEM Club kicked off in Week 3 with the theme Lights, Camera, Action! Each week, students will work in group rotations using the Flexible Learning Areas, Recording Studio and Makerspace areas for their inquiry-based project. Last week, our students used the Makerspace to learn how to create prototypes to print on our 3D printers, the Recording Studio's green screen to produce multimodal presentations, and the Flexible Learning Areas to explore mixed reality and how to program a Sphero ball to create a ‘light painting’. We are looking forward to seeing their final creations whereby they use the skills they have learnt during the group rotation to produce a final product.
We are seeking the help of our parent community to assist in our CLI. If you are interested, please contact Tamara Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Academics and Innovation