CASE STUDY: ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC COLLEGE, MARSDEN PARK

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 classrooms in an innovative learning community.

ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 classrooms in an innovative learning community.

THE BRIEF

A pioneering school in the fast-growing Sydney suburb of Marsden Park, St. Luke’s offers five educational services as part of one learning community, in order to meet the needs of families and students in the area. Its progressive approach encourages the holistic education of students through a developmental and student-centred approach to learning. St. Luke’s innovative attitude towards learning required an equally innovative learning environment that would encourage communication and collaboration and facilitate creativity and critical thinking.

The school recognised that, as well as the furniture, the set-up of these new environments was crucial. Its classrooms are designed with multiple focal points for different activities, for example, multiple screens for teacher presentation and an area for explicit teaching. The spaces needed to be versatile; to allow the entire class to gather, for smaller groups and pairs to work, or for individual reflection.

THE RESULT

St. Luke’s principal, Greg Miller, says NorvaNivel furniture, and the flexibility it offers, allow students and teachers to take ownership of their space and, ultimately, increase their engagement in learning.

“From building cubby houses with GENGA® blocks to inclusive learning tables and exciting seating choices, the furniture is used in multiple ways to support the flexible agile learning of a very 21st century educational space.”

THE PROCESS

With the brief to address the need for multiple focal points and facilitate working with peers and in groups, the furniture needed to be flexible enough to accommodate people working in pairs, in groups of four, or in larger groups.

As part of its consultative approach, NorvaNivel assesses each learning environment individually and makes custom recommendations based on the school’s specific requirements and desired outcomes for their learning spaces.

Leveraging insights from working with over a thousand schools, we provide tailored recommendations for each space and for various types of learners through multiple conversations with stakeholders. The spaces designed include: Presentation and Large Group Learning, Explicit Teaching, Individual and Reflective, and Collaborative.

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“From building cubby houses with GENGA® blocks to inclusive learning tables and exciting seating choices, the furniture is used in multiple ways to support the flexible agile learning of a very 21st century educational space.”

Mr Greg Miller, Principal