New class­room brings learn­ing to life

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School stu­dents are look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time out­side thanks to a new cus­tom-de­signed out­door learn­ing area.

The Roe­bourne Liv­ing Class­room, which in­cludes benches, black­boards, sand to draw in and a yarn­ing cir­cle all linked by a goanna-shaped path­way, was for­mally opened at a cer­e­mony last Fri­day.

Mem­bers of the wider Roe­bourne com­mu­nity were in­vited to at­tend and Boon­deru Mu­sic Academy tu­tors Qynn Beard­man and Josie Alec per­formed for the crowd.

School prin­ci­pal David Paine said the liv­ing class­room was a space where stu­dents could think more cre­atively out in the fresh air.

“Learn­ing is not iso­lated to a class­room. It’s not iso­lated to a build­ing,” he said.

“If we wanted our staff and our stu­dents to recog­nise that ed­u­ca­tion is all around us and learn­ing hap­pens any­where where we are, we need (to) fa­cil­i­tate an out­door space that is con­ducive to our stu­dents’ needs.”

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant to have an open space (which) sparks stu­dents’ in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity to work to­gether, to talk through ideas.

“It’s struc­tured, but not in terms of a class­room en­vi­ron­ment, which dates back to the in­dus­trial age.

“We just wanted to cre­ate... a space where stu­dents can move, they can work to­gether, they can ex­plore what they’re in­ter­ested in with­out hav­ing to feel con­stricted to be­hind a desk, be­hind four walls.”

Mr Paine said staff also wanted to use the area to teach stu­dents about gar­den­ing, healthy eat­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing veg­eta­bles in gar­den beds and us­ing them in cook­ing.

Wood­side North West Shelf Project main­te­nance team leader Ja­son At­tard at­tended the open­ing on be­half of spon­sors the Roe­bourne Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive, and said the com­pany was proud to sup­port the project.

“It’s ex­cit­ing for us to be in­volved with a project that has cre­ated a unique and en­gag­ing out­door learn­ing space on school grounds,” he said.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Wood­side’s Ja­son At­tard and Roe­bourne Dis­trict Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal David Paine with stu­dents Shar­liya Mowarin, 7, Toby Cedar, 6, and Pa­trick Dingo, 15 at the liv­ing class­room.

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