Cockburn Gazette - - INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS -

METHODIST Ladies’ Col­lege (MLC) un­veiled its new state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties for kin­der­garten to Year 6 stu­dents last year.

De­signed by lead­ing ar­chi­tec­tural firm CODA, these spa­ces re­flect the col­lege’s in­no­va­tive ethos and con­tem­po­rary learn­ing pro­gram.

The pro­gram is un­der­pinned by two key con­cepts – small class sizes (MLC aims to have no more than 20 to 22 stu­dents per class), al­low­ing teach­ers to work closely with each girl – and the renowned Reg­gio Emilia phi­los­o­phy, a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tional model that em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of learn­ing spa­ces.

“It recog­nises the abil­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment to in­spire chil­dren,” MLC’s Early Learn­ing Cen­tre Year 6 as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Michael Brown said.

MLC’s Kin­der­garten Year 6 de­vel­op­ment il­lus­trates this via flex­i­ble spa­ces that can be adapted to the needs of each class and child.

The re­sult is a dy­namic learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that teaches chil­dren to be adapt­able, col­lab­o­ra­tive and creative – all es­sen­tial skills for stu­dents prepar­ing to work in a mod­ern, dig­i­tal world.

Also cru­cial is MLC’s Thri­val Cur­ricu­lum, which utilises the lat­est re­search to sup­port the well­be­ing of each girl while cul­ti­vat­ing a buoy­ant stu­dent cul­ture.

“At MLC, we don’t just have class­rooms, we have a com­mu­nity,” Mr Brown said.


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