|Conferences, Testimonials & Awards
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'
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.
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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DOUG THOMAS AND JANELLE FORD'S PRESENTATIONS AT THE EDUTECH CONFERENCE IN BRISBANE, MAY 2016.
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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;
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.
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
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:
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.
Your learning spaces are like the meeting of "home" and the "classroom".
What has been so obvious is that your growth over the past 8 years has come from vision, determination and patience.
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!
I am truly blown away by the professionalism, creativity and inspirational teaching and learning.
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.
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.
A warm inviting school which values the members of its community - both staff and students. I felt very at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ability of the students to view their learning as their responsibility and willingness to participate individually and collaboratively.
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.
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.
The power of good design - how it can change the social interaction, learning, independence and engagement of the children.
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.
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!
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.