The Thornton Lewis Building is the centrepiece of a major new learning space development on the College´s Elphin Campus that opened at the start of the 2011 school year.
Aimed at inspiring and enhancing student learning from Early Learning to Year 5, a raft of new indoor and outdoor learning areas spark new, cutting-edge learning opportunities helping students prepare for their future in such a rapidly changing local and global environment.
The Year 4 Lego Robotics Program is held in conneXions. Click on the video below, listen and watch some of the students speak about their projects and conneXions teacher Marissa Saville explaining the program.
One of the learning areas, conneXions, is a large indoor space, complemented by an outdoor courtyard area, designed to inspire creativity, discovery and a love of learning. Rich in technology for web-based learning, the space invites young learners to connect with new ideas, knowledge and books - both paper and electronic. Trans-curricular learning connections are supported, connections with people - in person and online - are a focus, and global connections are developed.
Features of the conneXions space specially designed to forge future-focused learning include a video wonder wall, interactive wall-mounted touch screen, cids screen, robotics floor, and extensive web access.
The 3D rainbow wall, custom made carpet reflecting the natural environment, and reading nooks all seek to engage young learners and inspire their thinking.
ConneXions was inspired by recent international research on learning and learning space design.
A love of learning and reading is fostered through the use of authentic and high quality texts in all forms. This includes classic and contemporary children’s literature alongside emerging 21st Century Literacies, with digital books now available through OverDrive. Our carefully selected digital collection enables students to access eBooks and audiobooks from home. Students can now browse, checkout and download popular titles 24/7- anytime, anywhere.
Two new state-of-the art learning studios provide home bases for two Year 3 class groups. The studios are open, flexible spaces with an emphasis on natural light, optimal lighting, colour and room temperatures to support learner concentration and comfort. Interactive e-boards are a focal point in each room and these are backed up with extensive desk top and portable technology. Flexible, contemporary furnishings facilitate learning modalities designed to meet differing student learning styles.
The new gymnasium, HPEC @ Elphin, adjacent to the school pool and outdoor netball court, is the home for Health and Physical Education classes as well as netball, basketball, Newcombe Ball and other sports,dance and wellbeing activities.
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