Life is creative. Learn like it.

SoCE is future now

The School of Creative Education enables children to learn both creatively and academically, in light of who they are.

Our community experiences the best of creative education on farming environments in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

We are a not-for-profit, for-purpose social enterprise, and a registered charity.

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Are you contemplating opening a creative school or implementing SoCE’s creative education pedagogy?

Please be in touch with us. SoCE can build your creative school with you (or for you), or enable you to integrate creative education’s principles and practices in your educational environment.

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 projects, collaborative, 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

Our Why

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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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Did you know, we aim to be Australia’s first metro off-grid school?

We are beee-side ourselves to introduce to you

Our primary educators for 2019!

I’m super excited to be one of your primary educators in 2019! I bring to SoCE my creativity, love for kids and passion for our awesome school project! I’m also a mum to two children, 5 and 8 years who love SoCE as much as I do! I love helping children to feel heard, explore their interests and ignite their own creativity. 

I’m so excited to become part of Maxwell Primary School in 2019 and can’t wait to meet and get to know more members of the community. I have been a registered teacher for the past 5 years and have always wanted to be part of a creative space like SoCE. My passions include the Arts, Science and building and creating things!

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Enrolments are now open for Maxwell primary school children, 2019

We are aiming to open the Maxwell primary school, prep to year 6, at the beginning of term 1, 2019!

There are lots of opportunities to learn more about our school such as Primary Information Sessions, Primary Experience Sessions and Q&A sessions on Facebook Live.

Here’s some random info… school fees for 2019 are $3550 per child per year, awesome for an independent school! Enrolment forms are here! 

If you would like to enrol, please click here for more enrolling details!

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