Ruyton Girls’ embraces future-focused learning

Aug 17
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Many schools across Australia are re-imagining the concept of classrooms, by either redesigning existing spaces or building new ones. It can often be difficult to envision what you would like these new, innovative learning spaces to actually look like. Ensuring your school’s vision, culture and philosophy is reflected will help with the transitioning of staff, teaching and students into these 21st century learning environments .

It is very useful to see how other schools have designed and transitioned into new spaces, while understanding how they are connecting pedagogy to space. For example, tave a look at Ruyton Girls’ new Margaret McRae Centre in Melbourne.  


Ruyton Girls’ School

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Woods Baggot, the project’s architects, say “the design sees a move away from traditional classroom planning framework where desks are lined in rows and a teacher educates from the front, to a model that prioritises natural light, flexible furniture and technology-enabled teaching and learning…

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“…With a clear focus on personalised learning, the school’s approach exemplifies the shift towards student-centred learning where collaboration, creativity and critical thinking are all essential components.

Ruyton Girls’ is one of the schools that will be visited during a full day site tour as part of a post conference activity on the 26th October for the upcoming School Learning Space Design conference. You can also participate in the conference by bringing images of your school spaces to get guidance from industry leaders on how to improve your learning spaces.


Submitted by Gabriela Sanchez

Gabriela Sanchez

Gabriela is a Conference Researcher and Producer at Criterion, with an interest in researching social issues, and a passion for learning about new cultures. Having spent a year in Chile as part of her degree in Social Inquiry and International Studies, Gabriela is bilingual in English and Spanish, and a lover of all things Latin American.

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