A classroom upgrade competition open to OneSchool students across Australia and New Zealand has produced sensational designs, and proved the power of real-world learning opportunities.
Competition champions David Heath (Westmount National Leadership Team) and Lloyd Bartlett (School Management Team - Australia) praised the creativity, collaboration and project management skills evidenced by all the students who took part.
“There’s been a huge amount of work done in just under three months – all self-directed by the students. They’ve demonstrated their ability to take a brief, apply it to their unique situations, and come up with stunning designs.”
Mr Heath and Mr Bartlett also acknowledged the hard work put in by their co-judges from Australia and New Zealand:
The competition required students to follow four rules:
Their upgrades were judged on three focus areas:
The process had multiple outcomes:
The winning designs
Australia – Wide Bay Campus, Queensland
New Zealand – Waikato Campus
Australia – Jointly awarded to Woodthorpe Gnowangerup Campus, Western Australia
and Glenvale Nathalia Campus, Victoria
New Zealand – Dunedin Campus
This special award to Cardinia Campus recognises a project that went “above and beyond” the criteria in transforming an under-utilised outdoor area into a modern learning environment
Highly commended – New Zealand
Westmount - Gisborne Campus
Highly commended - Australia
MET – Orange Campus
Agnew – Brisbane Campus
Agnew – Darling Downs Campus
Oakwood – Launceston Campus
Oakwood – Devonport Campus
Self-Directed Learning facilitates students taking responsibility for their own learning with the encouragement of their teachers. The benefits of Self-Directed Learning are numerous and far-reaching. It promotes a natural development of self-confidence, perseverance, initiative and accountability. It encourages learning by exploiting breakdown or failure. It enables students to learn from each other, and to become lifelong learners.
The approach affects not only the way we teach, but the facilities in which we teach. Our view is that a modern learning environment needs to be functional and flexible in design, with zones for different types of learning: