We’re excited to announce Stage 21 –
the redevelopment of our Lower Primary School.
Take a virtual fly through of this exciting new project that will deliver high quality curriculum in modern specialist facilities.
Commencing construction in December 2020, the re-development of our Lower Primary School will include renovation of nine existing general-purpose teaching spaces into:
- Eight general learning areas, and associated storage and withdrawal spaces
- One LOTE Specialist room
- Two large flexible learning areas
- Two staff offices
- One large staffroom / staff training centre.
Stage 21 is scheduled to open in September 2021.
The buildings to be re-developed are some of the earliest buildings on the Genesis campus, up to 24 years old. Stage 21 will see these “traditional” classrooms transformed into larger General Learning Areas (GLAs), that will allow for modern pedagogical approaches to be implemented, enhanced connection between classes, and plenty of natural light to “bring the outdoors inside”.
This re-development will allow the College to remain future-focused as we strive to equip our students with the skills and abilities required to be prepared for a rapidly changing world. These facilities will provide increased opportunities for the development of skills in collaboration, critical and creative thinking and project-based learning.
Significant collaboration amongst our Primary Teachers, Senior Leadership and College Architects ensures that Stage 21 will meet the educational needs of a modern day early learner.
Child-Centered and Engaging
Learning at Genesis has each individual child’s development at heart. We value a sense of wonder, discovery and inquiry in children, as this allows for a deeper, more meaningful, intrinsic learning experience; but also allows for children to be extended into higher order and critical thinking skills.
A Rigorous Curriculum with Future-Skill Embedded
Learning involves students and staff working hard. We have a distinct focus on high quality literacy and numeracy skills as the prime indicator’s of a student’s later academic success in school; whilst concurrently embedding a future skills curriculum in our learning design.
These future skills include:
- student agency (choice and voice)
- collaboration and teamwork
- flearning (learning through failure)
- authenticity (real world products and audience).
A Community of Learners – Students, Staff & Parents
Learning happens at a range of levels – individually, small groups, large groups and whole communities. The development of quality relationships at every level is essential to quality learning outcomes. Our Christian culture must be visible and intrinsic to all that we do; with a very high level of pastoral care for our whole community being a focus.
Learning Space Design, Room Size & Usage
Certainly one of the most exciting aspects of Stage 21 are the increased room sizes – going from a minimum of 68m2 to 80m2. Larger floor space means lots more room for collaborative learning, establishment of “learning zones”, introducing “learning communities” to connect four individual classrooms into flexible learning environments and two large “wet areas” for multi-faceted use with everything from creative play in mind through to room for parent collaboration and information sessions.
Large glass sliding doors will connect our classrooms and will give teachers the ability to build relationships and differentiate learning groups. Design flexibility means we can effectively utilise teachers, teacher aides and parent helpers in the teaching and learning process – we believe in a whole “community of learners”.
Indoor / Outdoor Flow
Critical to our design-thinking of Stage 21 is play-based and outdoor learning providing a very seamless connection between the natural and built environments; between outside and inside. The buildings are designed to look out onto our future purpose-built “outdoor learning environment” that will incorporate landscaping design to facilitate nature-play, curiosity and risky play. Intentionally transition through large glass sliding doors will enable our youngest learners a natural flow from play-environment into constructivist learning.
Stage 21 will allow our teachers to design classrooms of their choosing. The new design will provide opportunities to our LOTE and Learning Enrichment and Extension programs through dedicated class spaces and by inclusively integrating these areas into student’s existing learning environments.