Conferences, Testimonials & Awards

Innovation and Awards at Claremont

 

Claremont Staff Out and About

DOUG THOMAS (PRINCIPAL), JANELLE FORD (DEPUTY PRINCIPAL), BRENDA DALHEIM (HEAD OF LEARNING SUPPORT) SPEAK AT THE ASCD CONFERENCE IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. 'CO-TEACHING AUSTRALIAN STYLE'

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DOUG THOMAS (PRINCIPAL) AND STEPH AFFLECK (YEAR 6 TEACHER) PRESENTED AT THE CRITERION CONFERENCE 'SCHOOL LEARNING SPACE DESIGN' IN MELBOURNE ON WEDNESDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2016.

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JOSEPH PATON (INFANTS CO-ORDINATOR/YEAR 2 TEACHER) AND TOM RUSSELL (KINDERGARTEN TEACHER) PRESENTATION AT THE ACEL EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE IN BRISBANE, JULY 2016. 

On 28th July two of our Claremont staff members, Joseph Paton (Year 2) and Tom Russell (Kindergarten) were invited to speak at the inaugural ACEL Early Childhood Conference in Brisbane. They delivered the following presentation which told the story of changes in pedagogy (co-teaching) and teaching spaces at Claremont College and how we are aiming to equip our learners with the skills and dispositions they will require in the future. 

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ACEL Early Childhood Conference 2016

 

DOUG THOMAS AND JANELLE FORD'S PRESENTATIONS AT THE EDUTECH CONFERENCE IN BRISBANE, MAY 2016.

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IT Strategic Plan 2016

Modern Learning Spaces 2016

 

DOUG THOMAS (PRINCIPAL) AND MR DAN WALSH (HEAD OF INFORMATION AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES) PRESENTATION AT THE AIS NATIONAL ICT CONFERENCE, IN CANBERRA, MAY.

Developing an Effective Consultative IT Strategic Plan

At Claremont we have undertaken a complete K-6 classroom refurbishment program. This has been done to align with our new model of co-teaching and culture of learning. Our research is showing a very pleasing relationship between co-teaching and improved student outcomes. To support our initiatives we have worked intensively to produce a IT strategic plan that has focussed on 3 key areas;
1. teaching and learning (our pedagogy)
2. identifying and consulting with the key stakeholders
3. carefully navigating the principles for successful change management

This 2 hour workshop we will present our strategic plan and explore some other models of IT strategic plans. We will also focus on key inclusions and considerations to satisfy all stakeholders for the ultimate benefit of teaching and learning. 

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MR THOMAS SPEAKS AT EDUTECH

Mr Thomas gave three presentations at the 'Edu-Tech' Conference in Brisbane in June 2015. 'Edu-Tech' advertises itself as Australia's largest educational conference, with over 8000 delegates attending across the three days. Mr Thomas spoke about the transformation of our school, as there is great demand from educators to learn about our school's innovative approach to teaching and learning. Many schools wish to learn from Claremont with many emulating our ideas which are grounded in solid research and evidence based practice. Click here to see his presentation.

MR PATON AND MRS JAMES AIS CONFERENCE
Two of our fabulous teachers, Mr Joe Paton and Mrs James, spoke about teaching at Claremont College, at the NSW Association of Independent Schools Primary Educators Conference on Tuesday. The title of the presentation selected by the conference organisers was "Ground Breakers." Claremont's approach to co-teaching and flexible learning spaces is certainly receiving lots of attention and accolades in the wider educational community.

 

Awards and Recognition

We're extremely proud of the awards and recognition we have received from various quarters as we continue to create one of the most innovative schools in Sydney. In particular, the following:

Adobe pdf logo Darch horse Award 2014

Adobe pdf logo CEFPI Award 2014

 

Claremont Wins National Award

CEFPI is the ‘Council for Educational Facility Planners International’, a worldwide organisation that shares experiences and best practices in planning, designing and building great learning environments.

Claremont’s Year 2 and Year 3 Classroom Refurbishment Project won the ‘The People’s Choice Award’. This is an incredible achievement and affirmation, given that we came first out of 89 projects represented from across Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia. Over 500 delegates at the conference voted for the project they thought was designed the best to reflect the teaching and learning needs of the school.

CEFPI Australasia is a community of professionals involved in the education field including Architects, Interior Designers and Planners, Educators, Project Managers, Administrators and Suppliers working together to plan and build better learning environments for students throughout South-east Asia, Australia and the South Pacific.

 

Our Visitors Book

I am impressed by the variety of learning spaces, and the openness of the staff to share their journey with us.
St Josephs Parramatta Park - Cairns August 2016

Your learning spaces are like the meeting of "home" and the "classroom".
St Josephs Parramatta Park - Cairns August 2016

What has been so obvious is that your growth over the past 8 years has come from vision, determination and patience.
MacKillop Catholic College - Cairns August 2016

There is great support and unity between everyone and the learning of the students.  It really is valuable to see this in action, so thank you, it has been great!
Picton High School

I am truly blown away by the professionalism, creativity and inspirational teaching and learning. 
Pacific Hills Christian College

I love the thought that you never stop learning. The possibility of co-teaching would re-ignite, challenge and make me more accountable to become a better teacher. 
St Johns Lutheran School

I loved the set-up of the classrooms. Bright natural light, lots of different areas for children to move and feel secure and comfortable. Areas for quiet, seclusion too. Lots of learning and happy, smiling children.
St John's Lutheran School

A warm inviting school which values the members of its community - both staff and students.  I felt very at home.
Victory Lutheran College

This school has gone beyond the expectations of what I expected to see - professionalism, engagement of staff and students, an active learning environment and positive relationships.
Giant Steps

I am impressed by the way the physical spaces have been transformed whilst retaining an acknowledgement of the rich school history. Loved the subtle theme rooms. 
Stonefields School

The spaces change according to the age and stage.  Loved the use of colour and embracing the history of the school. Evidence that you can turn perceived inflexible spaces into very flexible spaces. Turning challenges/constraints into opportunities. Better architectural outcomes leading to better learning spaces as a result of the constraint.
Kelburn Normal School, Wellington

We have come to see how the schools pedagogy is applied to the learning space. I have been impressed by the engagement of the teachers and students in the learning spaces. I observed inspired and engaged teachers and educators who are all co-teaching based on shared pedagogy.
Kelburn Normal School Wellington

I was impressed by the student driven learning. The teachers outlined the task and then allowed the students to choose their own medium to meet the requirements of the rubric.
St Philip's Christian College, Cessnock

I was impressed by the  inclusion of a kitchen as a main part of the classroom, curtains rather than moveable walls and the great use of awkward small spaces.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar

The ability of the students to view their learning as their responsibility and willingness to participate individually and collaboratively.
Regents Park Christian School

The very clever use of learning spaces that are thoughtfully designed to allow for students to be engaged in their learning and the opportunity to work collaboratively.
Thomas Hassell Anglican College

I love the atmosphere and homeliness of each learning space and the possibilities for creative learning and potential for each child to learn the way they learn best.
Oran Park Anglican College 

The power of good design - how it can change the social interaction, learning, independence and engagement of the children.
Sam George – Urban Designer

The co-teaching model has fostered a great supportive network with the staff. We have learnt the importance to have a goal to drive what you are doing and not to try to do too many things at once.
Brindabella Christian College

You have been so generous in making us feel welcome and providing the time and the tour.  It is an amazing school and I feel much richer as a result of my visit.  Enormous thanks, greatly appreciated!
Mt Carmel College, Hobart

The thing that struck the most was the feeling of energy and busyness of the campus.  From Principal to student, all were enthusiastic and clearly want to be part of a forward moving learning environment.  A credit to Mr Thomas and the community of Claremont College.
Trinity College, Albury