Scotch Oakburn wins innovation award

Bush Kinder in the College Wetlands

Scotch Oakburn College has won an innovative school award for the second year in a row.

It is the only Tasmanian school to be included in list of Australia’s 40 most innovative schools.

The list is compiled annually by a national educational publication, The Educator, to spotlight schools that are leading the way in efforts to prepare students for the future through pioneering programs and creative learning opportunities.

In its winning submission to The Educator, the College focussed on just three of its many areas of innovation – the Bush Kinder program in Early Learning at the Junior School, the cutting-edge Centre for Science and Mathematics (Helix) at the Penquite Campus, and the introduction of the Discovery Framework which encourages students to shape their own learning journey.

The Principal of Scotch Oakburn, Andy Müller, said the award recognised the College’s innovative approach to education, excellent facilities, inspiring staff and commitment to life-long learning.

“This award is just further evidence that Scotch Oakburn students experience innovative programs, state-of-the-art facilities and first-class teaching from their first days in Early Learning to their final moments in Year 12,” he said.

“I would like to thank all those people who have contributed to making Bush Kinder, the Discovery Framework and Helix the amazing successes that they are.

“We are already seeing the benefit of the new Helix facility on student learning and engagement and opportunities for the community to use the spaces in creative ways.”

Time spent outdoors in the natural environment through the Bush Kinder program has been shown to build confidence, resilience, curiosity, empathy and environmental awareness.

The $10 milllion new Helix centre, which officially opened in June, offers enviable 21st century educational facilities and incorporates design innovations that positively impact on learning.

Under the Discovery Framework, learners make discoveries about themselves, the environment, society, other cultures and global systems through teamwork, compassion, inquisitiveness, inventiveness, appreciation of diversity and a commitment to sustainability. It is an extension of the Round Square program, a worldwide network of innovative schools in 50 countries across six continents with a shared commitment to internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service.