A classroom without walls

In recent weeks my neighbourhood has awoken from a long slumber. As a resident of an inner-city suburb, it’s been energising to see the community engaging in our urban and natural spaces. As an educator, it has been great to be able to once again have groups of students leave the College grounds to undertake immersive learning experiences that support the curriculum.

If we have learned anything from our experiences of the COVID era, it is truly that effective and meaningful learning can take place in any location, and at any time.

This week saw our Year 9 and 10 Digital Art students wander the streets of marvellous Melbourne. Under the guidance of Ms Felicity Beggs, the boys photographed iconic Melbourne locations including Luna Park and St Kilda pier, Federation Square, Hosier Lane and the Yarra River. In taking the learning outside of the classroom, these students are learning how to create artworks using a range of photographic techniques and to develop a personal style.

Year 9 students of Outdoor Education have also ventured out of the classroom this week, exploring Port Phillip Bay by boat. Lead by Mr Aidan Buchan and Mr Jason Savage, students developed their understanding of marine species and how technology has changed our interactions with the natural environment and recreational pursuits. The group also witnessed dolphins at play in their natural habitat – a rare opportunity to see these majestic animals, and more animating than any documentary.  Indeed, 21st century learning is not defined by the four walls of a classroom.


Mrs Catherine Spurritt

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching