Lindfield Learning Village

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

About our school

“This place is really accepting and it’s an amazing learning environment” – Sarah Year  7

School Values

The village is based on empathy and trust. We treat every member of our community with respect and tread lightly in our environment. We will treat each other with care and kindness. The villagers are generous, brave, and tenacious. The village is transformative for all members of the community. We are inherently collaborative.

School Vision

At Lindfield Learning Village every member of our community is embraced, valued, and known. We enable the voice of each member of the community and nurture imagination and creativity. We are not limited by boundaries, we will break stereotypes, forging new educational pathways to inspire and equip our community members to be a positive change in our world.

Educational Model

A flexible school environment conducive to individualised learning is an integral part of our new educational model. Replacing the traditional classroom, LLV’s open-plan design features a series of flexible, open learning spaces. Our students can move around and furniture can be arranged in different ways to enable students to work together in smaller and larger groups as needed. Our school draws on concepts from Futurist David Thornburg who identifies three archetypal learning spaces – the campfire, cave, and watering hole – that schools can use as physical spaces and virtual spaces for student learning. Our approach is designed to create independent, resilient learners who possess the learning dispositions required for success in their life within and beyond school. 

Code of Collaboration

*  We will be open to offers made by others.
*  We will listen actively and challenge each other’s ideas to help them grow.
*  We will hold lightly and evaluate ideas on their merits.
*  We will notice what is not being said and enable all voices.

All Through School

An “all through” school encourages daily connections between older and younger learners. Older students can be mentors to younger students and younger students see the learning they can look forward to.

All Through School

An “all through” school encourages daily connections between older and younger learners. Older students can be mentors to younger students and younger students see the learning they can look forward to.

Stage Not Age

This allows students to move to progressively more advanced study according to their rate of progress rather than age. It allows for acceleration as well as remediation and specific support. “Education of children by age group assumes that the most important thing they have in common is their ‘date of manufacture’.“ - Sir Ken Robinson

Home Bases

Students will be enrolled in a K - 12 group of up to 350 students known as a Home Base. Research into effective learning and social groups indicates that home bases allow students to take on a strong identity within the larger campus. This will allow teachers to form better relationships with students and track their progress accurately in order to better support their individual needs. “School connectedness is an even stronger predictor of wellbeing and depression than parent attachment” - Prof Ian Shochet QUT

Design-centred,
Multidisciplinary Learning

Student-focused learning experiences will be a normal feature of the teaching and learning framework for the school. Students will engage in meaningful and authentic multidisciplinary tasks which challenge them to explore issues and themes of importance to the community and the world. These projects of global significance will enable students to explore areas where they can make a difference. Technology will allow students to connect with other students, agencies and experts from around the world.

Student-directed, individual learning

Each student will have an individual learning pathway based on data collection of student needs and achievement. This will be monitored by a teacher/learning mentor and the student. “In education the preoccupation with particular subjects and types of ability means that students’ other talents and interests are almost systematically marginalised.”- Sir Ken Robinson

Flexible Timetable

In order to maintain an agile and responsive learning environment, the timetable will allow for flexibility across key learning areas. Students will move through the various learning spaces and specialist classrooms according to their learning pathway requirements. Subjects will not necessarily be taught discreetly but in a cross disciplinary approach where students are meeting outcomes across multiple learning areas.

Community, University and Business links

The proximity of the Lindfield school to a wide range of high-profile businesses such as Microsoft, CSIRO and Macquarie Hospital creates the possibility for students to engage in real life learning. There are opportunities for students and community to learn from each other through mentoring programs. The school will work in collaboration with neighbouring schools and their communities of practice. The schools within schools model has no boundaries and extends to the expertise demonstrated in the high performing neighbouring schools.