CASE STUDY: TURLOCK CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY

How a diverse range of furniture has created learning engagement like never before.

TURLOCK CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY

How a diverse range of furniture has created learning engagement like never before.

THE BRIEF

Turlock Christian School was founded in 1969 to provide schooling for the local area and has grown to serve 690 students from up to an hour away. The school is recognised as one of the most advanced learning facilities in the country, with state-of-the-art technology and a K-6 curriculum in specialised areas such as Robotics, Multimedia, and Computer Science. With everything from a green screen facility to a Makerspace lab, Turlock Christian School is an extraordinary learning community. To accommodate its growing population, Turlock Christian School purchased a 3,900 square metre former MedicAlert Foundation building nearby and transformed the space into an open and flexible learning environment for its elementary campus. To complement its 21st century curriculum, Turlock required next generation learning spaces with innovative school furniture.

THE RESULT

NorvaNivel are committed to supporting the success of students through furniture and spaces that maximise learning engagement. The result: young students who can make the space their own, work in their preferred learning style, and take ownership of their learning experience through access to a variety of work areas. This ownership, and the comfort of the furniture, has increased student engagement.

There’s much more engagement. There’s more collaborative working, thinking and higher-level thinking skills are being used because of that. It raises the bar mentally just from the having this [range of] furniture where the children can choose their best learning environment. – Mrs. Pam Hanson, Principal

THE PROCESS

Familiar with NorvaNivel’s innovative designs and approach to flexible learning spaces, Steve Sharp, former headmaster of the progressive Monte Vista Christian School, introduced the company to the Turlock Christian Elementary principal and the school’s interior designers. The school’s decision makers had a vision to create completely open and collaborative learning environments.

They worked closely with NorvaNivel’s design team to bring the vision to life through 3D renders and a wide variety of vibrant colours. The collective team had a strong understanding of the benefits of colour and texture to the learning experience and selected colours and fabrics accordingly.

Some of the key pieces selected for the classrooms and library include: GENGA® Collection, CONCLAVE® Collection (Maxi), ROCKER OTT® Seating, STEAMSPACE® Create Table, AMPHI™ Curve Collection (Jnr), and the GRASSY DOME®  Ottomans.

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“There’s much more engagement. There’s more collaborative working, thinking and higher-level thinking skills are being used because of that. It raises the bar mentally just from the having this [range of] furniture where the children can choose their best learning environment.”

Mrs. Pam Hanson, Principal