Future facilities 2018-06-25T19:21:52+00:00
School of Creative Education property development

Future facilities

The primary school will begin under a lease agreement with the school site at 6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo, while we shop for our permanent home of between 45 – 70 acres, in the area around Seville.

Committed to enabling cultural creativity in our students and community, our permanent property will facilitate our passion to create a high-tech / high-eco educational experiences, giving creatives the space, opportunity and resources to pursue a wide range of experiential education opportunities. The property will offer about 25 acres of cleared land to support the development of buildings, gardens, the food farm, and animal farm including our equine therapy, and 25 acres of wilderness to support our water rehabilitation and conservation work.

The property needs to offer if possible:
• a position on or near Warburton Highway, within a few kilometres
• safe access via a sealed road
• mains water
• paddocks and sheds for animals, and
• significant wilderness and water rehabilitation conservation zones.

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

Our values of:

  • sustainability
  • self-sufficiency
  • re-cycled and up-cycled
  • hand-made, and
  • local

inform our choice of materials, toys and furnishings, and will be incorporated into the buildings and overall development of our property.

Educating in a circle… property development

The school is developing a brand new concept… to educate children in a circle!

The intention of the circle is to:

  • promote inclusion and equality
  • provide the children with a feeling of being embraced, and to
  • promote a sense of well-being.
School of Creative Education future facilities

SoCE’s educational programs including primary and secondary school, Farm Preschool and The Tribe, will offer home-group classrooms set up as collaborative studio environments while providing the members of the space with individual work spaces.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the development is the front building to welcome people including a reception area, open kitchen and dining, and two classrooms in its wings. As classrooms and studios are built in the circle during stage 2, these class groups will move into the circle leaving these two wings for school presentations, exhibitions, gatherings, and our equally unique professional development in creative education.

This building will be made from natural materials such as straw-bale and rendered in a lime wash, creating an earthly, off-white aesthetic of an exhibition space. Its flat roof will slope up from the front, and will be grassed.

Stage 2

In stage 2, we will step into a courtyard that leads out onto the school in the circle… in the centre a large grassed gathering area including a playground, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit with a walkway around it, and the buildings around the walkway. Buildings will be created one by one as we grow, each one uniquely designed by the children who will be using them. What an experience!

Our facilities will grow with our need for them and our capacity to build them.

Facilities will include:
• home-group studio-styled classrooms
• fine art studios
• science and technology labs
• multi-media library
• performing arts space and gallery
• gardens including ceremonial
• the food farm
• animal therapy zones
• sporting fields
• conservation zones, and
• kitchen with school café for meals and whole school meetings.

The studio classrooms may consist of a communal table and seating, room dividers for brainstorming and project design, a communal lounge, large mounted screen and easy food preparation facilities. Individual studio stations may incorporate each student’s own desk with bookshelves, lockable storage, and boards for student’s planning, editing and collating. The Internet may be available to every studio station and each student from middle primary may use a laptop or some other portable, personal computer.

Stage 3

We’d love to see the property grow in light of the children’s projects. Our big dream is to build a creative, sustainable, socially-entrepreneurial village, born of the programs of the school and generating income for the school.

Growth and projections

Growth

In 2015, Jane launched the School of Cultural Creativity by creating a Facebook business page with information about the project including why and how SoCC was being created, looking to see if there may be some interest in the local community.

In March 2016, Jane created SoCC’s website with much more information about the new school project, and expressions of interest for Farm School, The Tribe and the Maxwell primary school were invited.

Since then, our growth has been paced and awesome:
• 1450+ likes on Facebook, and
• 750+ subscribers to our newsletter.

2015: 7 children in Farm Preschool, one group a week
2016: 15 children in Farm Preschool, one group a week
2017: 32 children in Farm Preschool, two groups a week
17 children in The Tribe, one group a week
2018: 51 children in Farm Preschool, three groups a week
21 children in The Tribe, one group a week.

Projections

In April 2018, the board and committee changed the name of the organisation to the School of Creative Education.

Farm Preschool and The Tribe
2019: 54 children in Farm Preschool, three groups per week
21 children in The Tribe, one group per week
2020: 72 children in Farm Preschool, four groups per week
42 children in The Tribe, two groups per week including one after school
(new premises)
2021+: 90 children in Farm Preschool, four groups per week
42 children in The Tribe, two groups per week including one after school

Maxwell primary and secondary school
Our intention is to grow up with the children who form the older cohort of the Maxwell primary school, applying to register their secondary school for years 7 and 8 to open 2020.

During 2020 we will apply to register years 9 and 10 for 2021, and during 2021 apply to register for years 11 and 12 for 2022.

2019: 20 children in the Maxwell primary school at the beginning of the year.
2020: 30 children in the Maxwell primary school
20 children in year 7 – 8 secondary school
2021: 45 children in the Maxwell primary school
40 children in year 7 – 10 of the secondary school
2022: 60 children in the Maxwell primary school
60 children in years 7 – 12 of the secondary school
2023: 75 children in the Maxwell primary school
75 children in years 7 – 12 of the secondary school.

6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo

The old Montessori site at Cockatoo has all the facilities we are looking for for our temporary home.

The primary school will enjoy a two to three year lease, while SoCE acquires and develops its permanent 45 – 70 acre property more north-west, around Seville.

The Cockatoo site is on 4 acres on the corner of Rainy Hill Rd and Mountain Rd, and has:

  • a brand new school building
  • 3 over-sized classrooms
  • a community gathering space
  • full reception area
  • kitchens in every classroom
  • abundance of bathrooms including disability
  • abundance of storage
  • disability access
  • heating and cooling
  • internet
  • new playground
  • large asphalted basketball area
  • timber storage huts
  • fully fenced dam
  • paddocks for the horses
  • an orchard
  • fenced farming area
  • conservation zones
  • extensive car parking with lights,

just to name a few.

If you would like to visit the campus, please contact us to arrange a time.

Here are some photos…