Wooranna Park Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

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October 15, 2014: Wooranna Park where school is like Disneyland, By Benjamin Preiss, The Age (Victoria, Australia)

Wooranna Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia, is a 21st Century Elementary School whose mission is "to provide students with a learning environment that recognises children learn best when engaged with real world, authentic tasks, involving problem solving and collaboration with peers on interdisciplinary, research based project work, where the teacher's role includes that of coach and facilitator and where students are empowered to take responsibility for their learning." The school renovation to create learning environments that support more PBL and autonomous learning, completed in mid-2005, was supported by the Government of Victoria as a test case to see how new spaces could support progressive learning. The school "believes that children are born with all of their senses ready to make meaning of their world; that they come to school with knowledge and experiences. They are autonomous learners, ready to explore the world around them; and that an inter-disciplinary, authentic, negotiated and collaborative curriculum is essential to their development."

What is exceptional about Wooranna Park Primary School is that it is both an exemplar of 21st Century Learning and Teaching and an exemplar of New Learning Environments, including pioneer innovation internationally in the development of Stimulating Learning Platforms. Thanks to my colleague Randy Fielding of Fielding Nair International for alerting me to the new learning environments at Wooranna Park Primary School. -- Bob, January, 2012, Updated May 3, 2012

March, 2013 -- Wooranna Park has just completed a series of videos about all the school's educational practices. The first video, Personalising Student Learning (Australian spelling), provides an overview of the school's practices and the next 12 videos describe those practices and show them in action: Learning Agreement Time, Student Led Reporting to Parents, Student Voice, Student-Teacher Conferencing, Targeted Teaching (small group workshops), Documenting Children’s Learning, Student Learning Plans, The Third Teacher (Learning Environments), Authentic Learning (real-world), Collaborative Learning, Differentiating the Curriculum, and Autonomous Learners Program for Year 5 & 6 Students. -- Bob

 

Woorana Park Primary School, Australia - Tomorrow's School Today - This short version of the video shows how the school was renovated to enable more 21st Century Learning - see longer version here.
Summer 2012 -- Just released video on the Learning Environments at Wooranna Park Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

 

About

  • Wooranna Park Primary School Website
  • Principal: Ray Trotter. Assistant Principals: Jennie Vine, Janet Whittle and Yianna Pullen
  • 89-105 Carlton Road, Dandenong North VIC 3175, Phone: (03) 9795 2007
  • Enrollment: 346, Gender: Co-Ed
  • Twitter, Facebook, Youtube
  • School Profile
  • Vision: If our students are to maximize their learning, then Wooranna Park Primary School must be a place of optimism, excitement and challenge, where students and teachers see each day as a journey, full of purpose and where intellectual engagement and connectedness to the outside world are priorities.
  • Mission: To provide students with a learning environment that recognises children learn best when engaged with real world, authentic tasks, involving problem solving and collaboration with peers on interdisciplinary, research based project work, where the teacher's role includes that of coach and facilitator and where students are empowered to take responsibility for their learning.
  • Philosophy
  • Raison D'être document and Video: Articulates the School Vision and Mission, and charts its Principles of Learning, Pedagogical Practice, Organizational Structures, Physical Environment, Assessment, School leadership, Theorists.
  • ‘CREATING A SCHOOL FOR THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY’: ONE SCHOOL’S JOURNEY by Ray Trotter (Principal, Wooranna Park Primary School), TEACH LESS, LEARN MORE CONFERENCE, Singapore, 1st March, 2006.
  • Downloads and School Pictures
  • School Profiles for Student Assessment
  • Annual Report 2010
  • Stimulating Learning Platforms
  • Student Blogs

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March, 2013 -- Wooranna Park has just completed a series of videos about all the school's educational practices. The first video, Personalising Student Learning (Australian spelling), provides an overview of the school's practices and the next 12 videos describe those practices and show them in action: Learning Agreement Time, Student Led Reporting to Parents, Student Voice, Student-Teacher Conferencing, Targeted Teaching (small group workshops), Documenting Children’s Learning, Student Learning Plans, The Third Teacher (Learning Environments), Authentic Learning (real-world), Collaborative Learning, Differentiating the Curriculum, and Autonomous Learners Program for Year 5 & 6 Students.