Our learning environment is characterised by large open learning spaces, lots of windows and natural light and purpose-built furniture. This allows students to interact with each other and their surroundings and to recognise that they are part of a larger community and global society. The learning spaces have been intentionally designed for the children to make the most of their learning opportunities. They are flexible, open, modern, practical and more importantly, a reflection of the real world. There are no desks in rows, chalkboards on walls or teachers sitting at a desk. The teachers play and active role as guides, mentors and experts working alongside the students. At the Anglican School Googong, through rich learning experiences and a relevant curriculum delivery model, the students discover for themselves and make meaning of the world around them every single day.
The classroom building has been designed to be a free-flowing space where the furniture is portable, allowing it to be manipulated into caves and corners, platforms or stages to emulate the learning that is occurring. There are outdoor learning areas where children can create, watch or participate in hands-on-activities regardless of the weather. The Kitchen Garden and Backyard play space opens up a vast array of opportunities for learning and innovation, inviting the very youngest of our children through to the oldest, to be thinking scientifically, mathematically, critically and creatively.
As students make meaning for themselves, connecting ideas and making links, they will begin to understand how they learn and through this they will become more confident learners. Through wide reading, purposeful play, self-discovery, connections with community members, trips to places of interest and the relationships with teachers, students gain a sense of purpose in their learning. At Googong, learning is integrated and relevant.
The Anglican School Googong is a place where children know and discover, understand and dream and grow in faith.