Designed for learning
A greater sense of community and togetherness will be a significant beneàt for St Mary of the Angels Secondary College Year 7 students after the opening of the school’s San Rufino Learning Centre.
The concept behind the new San Rufino learning space has been carefully planned with purposeful design in fitting with the college’s philosophy of teaching.
Ken Woodman from No. 42 Architects said, “The thematic concepts for the Year 7 building offer an overall building mantra of new beginnings, a fresh start, and a sense of community.
“In Catholic tradition water is considered the symbol of new life and beginnings and this became the overarching theme for the building’s design and feature elements.”
St Mary of the Angels Secondary College assistant to the principal Learning and Teaching Bev Thorp said, “At St Mary of the Angels we engage in contemporary practices based on authentic, research-based pedagogies to provide our students with the best learning opportunities to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.
“Part of this practice is implementing collaborative learning spaces such as the design spaces found in the new Year 7 Learning Centre. Shared learning experiences beneàt the learning of both individuals and the group by promoting a desire for learning as well as encouraging social and emotional intelligence.
“By providing flexible settings we can enable groupings of students according to need, our teachers can work together to identify and respond to particular student needs and students are able to develop deeper learning by using knowledge in different and unique ways.
“We’re very pleased with the completed San Rufino project. It has been very well received by our school community and we look forward to continuing to grow and develop dynamic learning spaces and opportunities in the future.”