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Not all learners are created equal.
So where do you start when you want to create an environment that supports each unique student?
Sonia van Hout, the Director of Early and Junior years at Eltham College followed a broad and careful consultation process with the school community and architects in search of answers. Students attended a workshop where Sonia says they considered, “the type of activity, what type of space best accommodated the proposed activity, the size of the area and what colour, light and furnishings were required in the space.”
The timing of a visit to the school from leading education expert Professor Stephen Heppell couldn’t have been better. Professor Heppell provided invaluable thought and insights which influenced space design and furniture selection. Sonia also took inspiration from the Italian Reggio Emilia philosophy for advice around colour in learning spaces.
Sonia van Hout – Director of ELC & Junior School - Eltham College VIC.
The outcomes are remarkable. Learning spaces are dynamic and include tables of varying heights, whiteboard surfaces, and plenty of hard and soft furnishings allow students to choose how and where they would like to learn.
The central community area has been designed for collaboration and interaction. Sonia notes this space encourages “social engagement as well as deep, focused learning and discussions".
Eltham College - highlights
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