Inquiry

“Imagine a school where problem solving, initiative, critical thinking, ethical understandings, multiple solutions were an expectation above any score.”

Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit students to seek resolutions to questions and issues while they construct new knowledge.

“The meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.” (National Research Council, 2007)

Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances, we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching, incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students. (Horizons for Hope CEM)

Imagine a world where the questions were more important than the answers. Where we thought of how many ways to climb a tree, instead of thinking how do we get to the top.

Now imagine a school where problem solving, initiative, critical thinking, ethical understandings, multiple solutions were an expectation above any score. Our vision at St. John’s is to continually work towards a space where discovering, creating and innovating for a sustainable and just world exists.

We expect children to talk and show evidence of learning success and failures, goals and criteria.

Our Prep to Year 2 area is known as Discovery. 3-6 is known as Create whilst our project space is known as “Innovate”. We plant ‘seeds’ to provoke children to think bigger and beyond the box. We bring the world in, which brings happiness, sadness, struggles and excitement to us. We are heavily influenced by the Early Years Framework, Walker Learning, Maria Montessori, Jerome Bruner, Reggio Emilia approach and, most importantly, by the children at St John’s.