With the fast-changing nature of the world in which we live, it is essential that we prepare our children for the future by giving them the right tools, skills and values. This means updating and changing the way education is designed and delivered to ensure that our children are well prepared and equipped. Innovation in education is one of the key drivers at Dainfern College and we constantly interrogate our students’ journey to ensure a holistic education.
In the classroom, our passionate and progressive staff are constantly assessing teaching methods and curriculum delivery to ensure that the latest thinking and methodologies are incorporated. The Grade 8 and 9 Xtend-it programme that is based on the latest educational thinking to come out of Finland is an example of curriculum changes that have been successfully implemented. 2019 the formalised implementation of inquiry-based cross-curricular learning in the Senior Preparatory, with the consequent reduction in mark-based assessment and homework. Experiential learning, a growth mindset, thinking skills, learning through play – all of the latest thinking is thoroughly researched and introduced in ways to ensure that our academic delivery remains both relevant and excellent.
Technology is incorporated in the classroom to augment the teaching and learning experience. Through the use of various Google platforms, online learning programs, video conferencing and flipped classroom experiences, the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative and the extensive computer and design and technology facilities on campus, we ensure that our students are both computer-literate and competent users of technology, confidently applying these skills in new and innovative ways.
Our classrooms themselves have also undergone transformative change. The introduction of flexible classrooms, where there is a variety of furniture to suit every teaching opportunity and student personality, has seen a marked increase in student engagement and enjoyment during lessons. Age-appropriate transformation of the classroom space has now been rolled out throughout our Prep School and is being extended into the High School.
Round Square opportunities also extend the holistic offering both in and outside of the classroom. In addition to the well-known IDEALS, the Discovery Framework of 12 key skills and values is also driving curriculum re-evaluation and change to ensure that our students are engaged and curious learners, equipped with the necessary 21st Century skills.