For the second consecutive year St Leonard’s College has been named as one of The Educator’s Innovative Schools in 2018. This special report profiles Australian schools leading the way in efforts to best prepare students for tomorrow’s world.
Innovation is an integral part of our St Leonard’s culture, propelling us forward utilising the latest global education research, and leading the way with advanced practice and pedagogy. This award recognises our model of teaching for years 5 and 6, and our progressive framework which supports student learning and agency via specialist teachers and dedicated learning zones for each subject. Our students also experience the wonders of our DigiSTEM subject which brings together the once discrete disciplines of digital technologies, science, technology, engineering, maths and design thinking into one amazing experience. This specialist approach also facilitates an enhanced level of preparedness for year 7 where student agency plays a critical role in learning and development.
Additionally, the award recognises that St Leonard’s is leading the way in developing students competencies that will serve them effectively in the ever-evolving world. This approach aligns with the OECD Learning Framework for 2030 and the development of “transformative” competencies such as responsibility and being an active global citizen. Our extensive Social Justice Program, and the addition of the Lennie’s Van initiative, positions our College as pioneers in this vitally important area of student development and is yet another example of our commitment to provide ‘an education for life.’
The pedagogy and programs at St Leonard’s are years beyond most schools. We continue to be guided by the latest research to drive significant innovations that enable our students to be lifelong learners.