New learning precinct takes shape

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Students and teachers will have a say on a new flexible learning precinct at Holy Cross College Ryde. It will open in September to accommodate an 18 per cent growth in student enrolments and promote collaboration in teaching and learning.

“There’s an opportunity in this project to create resources that are right for the way kids learn today,” Principal Adam Taylor said.

“We can have the vision, but if it’s not shared by the people who have to use the space it could fall flat. It’s not just about funky furniture, it about a genuine shift to teachers working in collaboration more.”

Acting Principal at neighbouring St Charles’ Catholic Primary Ryde, Maree Simpson, and Interim Principal at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Summer Hill, Peter Watkins, will lead a flexible consultation process known as Change2 for the project. It will include six workshops with a representative group of staff and another with students of all ages and different learning needs.

“It’s really about making it the best possible environment for all,” Ms Simpson said.

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