Connecting Big Ideas

It all started with the overarching idea we were exploring that year around the theme of identity. As a teaching team, we knew we wanted the kids to feel empowered, empowered enough so that they would be motivated to take action in some way to have a positive effect on their world.

The Da Vinci Centre Story

There’s this big disparity between people coming from Spain to see us and people down the road not even knowing we exist. If we passionate about changing the way things are taught then we need people to know what we’re doing.

Creating A Learning Community

It pushes you so hard, sometimes it’s overwhelming. But it pushes you to find a balance between teaching kids those really important skills, those building blocks, and then, allowing kids to be independent, autonomous … to teach each other, to create spaces, to research, all those things.

Inspiring Teachers As Learners

Jennie [Vine] and I working with the teachers in a similar way to the way we expect the teachers to work with the children. We have coaching conversations according to what we know about them as teachers and where they are in their thinking and in their skills and in their abilities.

Letting Children Lead The Learning

The project around the Trivia Night was based on investigating ‘faith’. We picked up from where the kids had left off the year before, looking at how things had changed through time. From there, we moved onto examining how ideas change the world.

The Long Term View

love the fact that educational innovation happens in Dandenong, the area in which I live. This changes from seeing everything once painted a horrible pale green to knowing we were going implement something extraordinary here was exciting.

Enigma Missions

It’s time for our students to see themselves differently. How do we build in them incredible character and an eternal thirst for learning? How do we develop them into people who don’t settle for the status quo or content to be passengers passively sitting in the backseat?