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Life is creative. Learn like it.

The School of Creative Education is a not-for-profit, for-purpose social enterprise, and a registered charity.

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SoCE is future now

We believe our children:

  • have the power to create fulfilling lives for themselves and profound change in the world
  • have the ability to make informed choices and learn from them
  • can identify problems and should be part of the solution
  • reach their potential only when academia and creativity are valued equally
  • shine when they are being creative,

and  we understand the creative process to be mankind’s natural educator, teaching us in light of who we are.

SoCE offers three programs:

  • Maxwell Creative School
  • The Tribe, and
  • Farm School.

Are you contemplating opening a creative school or implementing the creative education? We can help you. 🙂

Creative Education…

Creative Education, designed by our founder Jane Macdonald.

  • learning through the creative process
  • democratic… everyone governs and designs our school

  • self-directed learning

  • inquiry-based through hands-on projects, innovation, design, collaborations, presentation and studio work

  • individual education programs

  • multi-age classes and projects

  • student-lead social and ecological enterprises

  • the Australian curriculum

  • union of high-tech, high-eco environments

  • local, national, and international community engagement
  • best global creative education principles and practices
  • a creative, contemporary and visionary learning community

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We aim to be Australia’s first metro off-grid school!

Maxwell Creative School enrol
Primary School Information

Maxwell Creative primary School ready for 2019!

MCS is Australia’s first holistic creative school from prep – year 6, capped at 30 students for 2019.

If you are contemplating an intentionally progressive education for your children that will inspire and empower them, now is the time to be in touch!

Ph: 1300 11 66 54

The Tribe
The Tribe Info

The Tribe

The Tribe is open to primary-aged children who are home-schooled or enrolled in school… enrolments are open!

  • every Friday afternoon 1pm-4pm
  • term 1: Friday 8th February – Friday 5th April (9 weeks)

The Tribe offers creative education through the lens of environmental and social education, using experiential, democratic, and self-directed learning.

The Tribe develop environmental projects as a whole group, as individual members, and with the whole school including the Maxwell Creative School and Farm School. The projects planned for this term include the creation of a large kitchen garden, and a stone fire pit and cob or straw-bale gathering area, along with other, yet to be inspired projects.

The Tribe’s educator is Dash Russell. For more information and enrolment, please click here 🙂 

Farm School
Farm School Info

Farm School

Designed for preschool-aged children who are ready and willing to play with mud, sticks and animals, yay, Farm School is held every Wednesday and Thursday mornings during school term, from 10am-1pm… and everyone goes home with a full vegetarian belly.

Enrolments are now open! Term 1: Wednesday 6th February – Thursday 4th April (9 weeks)

Skye Berry, Farm School’s educator, has a passion for the child’s journey into creative learning. She is crafty, arty, ecologically and communally minded, and is a qualified early childhood educator and mumma of two. Skye will help the children co-create large kitchen garden, and cob or straw-bale gathering area, along with other, yet to be inspired projects.

Farm School is a parent-stay program. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings are all welcome to come. More info is here. 

School tours
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School Tours 

Would you like to check us out?

Please contact us for a look at our school. We’ll walk the property with you, talk with you about your child’s learning needs, meet the educators and students, show you a class, and give you information to take home to show your loved ones.

Tours are by appointment so please call Jane on 1300 11 66 54

Our Why

Watched over 41 million times, Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk focuses upon THE WHY… why do we do what we do?

Inspired by his talk, we share our WHY with you below.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxPuget Sound, an independent event in 2009.

A social problem

The call for more creativity is loud.

Greater creativity and wellbeing are being called for by our social, environmental, industrial and political sectors. They are faced with ‘wicked problems’ and seek our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers.

Our children want greater creativity and wellness too … they know they are faced with problems and yearn to be our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers and our educational sector asks our schools to integrate these needs.

The problem is that, despite the call, creativity is not encultured in Australian education.

Furthermore, research shows our academic process actively disables creativity.

Knowing this, should we consciously ask, is it true? Do we really allow our schools to kill creativity? Are we choosing, consciously or otherwise, to disable our kids’ creativity?

If our answer is “yes”, can we intentionally ask, why are we doing that? What purpose will it serve? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

After all, we have a duty of care.

In the U.S.A., creative education is viewed as a children’s rights issue.
We don’t talk about that in Australia.

What we talk about is the children who struggle in education. 25% drop out. Frustrated, bored, intelligent, questioning, rebellious, distracted, disengaged, tenacious, they slip through the cracks.

A social solution

We are concerned that research shows:

  • childrens’ creative abilities substantially reduce during their school years
  • a social, economic and environmental demand for creativity, and
  • increasing current and emerging social and ecological issues for which solutions are not yet found.

SoCE aims to ensure our children have the best possible chance to:

  • grow into adults adept to working together
  • be part of the solution to social and ecological and social issues, and
  • are able to co-create their chosen culture, long after we are gone.

We do this by providing education through:

  • the creative process rather than the academic
  • the democratic process rather than the authoritarian
  • the natural world rather than the manufactured.

Research shows the creative process over the academic process:

  • enables creativity
  • develops academic skills and knowledge
  • enhances well being, and
  • is mankind’s natural educator.

Creativity is even predicted to create a more just society.

SoCE is not waiting for our educational sector to transform. We are opening…

Australia’s first creative primary and secondary school
replicable anywhere in Australia.

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