Year 6 Centre
Opened in 2011, the building’s design is in keeping with MLC School's long-range vision for a less traditional approach in developing open plan, light filled learning spaces.
Flexible space made by sliding and folding glass panels and doors; colourful furniture that adapts and changes shape, all make for a fun school that is more like a modern home in appearance but that also fits the needs and interests of the girls’ learning activities.
In the last decade at MLC School we have consistently challenged classroom boundaries to improve outcomes for students. Two factors key to continuing this tradition for 21st century learners – tailoring learning to individual needs and the integration of computer technology – are difficult to achieve in traditional classrooms. The inspired futurist designs utilise the relationships between space, colour and light to create wonderful places that encourage children to develop their full range of senses and experiences, to nurture their intellectual and creative development, and to capture the young, playful and imaginative world of the inquisitive and powerful early learner.
Flexible learning approach is best in flexible learning spaces
We aim to provide flexible pathways through the learning of Literacy and Numeracy fundamentals. Because each girl learns differently, we do away with some of the traditional learning structures that can often hinder the rate of progress. The aim is to continually reflect on the nature of each learner; to use the data gathered through formal assessment and observation and to group and re-group students according to their needs at different times. The Year 6 Centre allows this flexibility without the traditional classroom constraints.
In Mathematics and in all aspects of Literacy, this means that girls have the opportunity to work at a level that matches their ability in each of the different areas of content. For teachers, it means knowing students better, and using different strategies and tools to guide each learner to the next level of understanding or skill.
Specialists from our Educational Support Services Department work alongside teachers in the new building, particularly in the focus areas of Numeracy and Literacy, to cater for the range of differences that we find in our students – differences in interest, ability, learning style and motivation, just to name a few. The coordination of these programs, breakout spaces and quiet rooms is shared by a Learning Support Specialist and a Gifted Education Specialist, each of whom plays an active role in classrooms, working alongside students and planning with teachers. It is these structures and our commitment to making a difference for each learner that really set our Middle Years program apart.