Teaching & Learning

Sandridge is a school without rows of desks and chairs.

Instead there are studios and spaces that enhance the learning opportunities.  The students are connected to the world they live in, and the people they live with.

The Sandridge School, through the application of the science of positive psychology for student learning, most notably focuses around the ways a positive connection between student and teacher can affect the ways children and young people learn.

Our teachers practice entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, seeding the ideas and practices of Sandridge in existing and new schools.

Sandridge is an active educational research facility, embedding programs into our school that enable our practices to be studied, improved and expanded.

The School’s success is be measured by the calibre of the shared learning journey for both teachers and students, and ultimately, by the contribution its students make to society over their lives.

Education is about building community by developing engaged and enlightened citizens.

Students at the Sandridge School will become agents of social growth:

  • In a school that builds social capital;
  • in a school that works with local community organisations to foster growth and address need through collaboration;
  • through growing the capacity of students to champion social justice and flourish as communal beings;
  • the Sandridge School students will have a discernible quality of being a citizen;
  • where education fosters social consciousness and communal values, students leave school as agents of social reform and progress who question the status quo and seek to make the world a better place;
  • students will learn to become advocates for justice, equity, and inclusion;
  • students and teachers will be exposed to and involved in innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • In respect of teachers, the Sandridge School is characterised by building a ‘community of educators’;
  • fostering professional learning through the development of a shared language and set of common understandings;
  • necessary for the collegial growth via new knowledge and skills;
  • teaching practice is enhanced and the learning experience is heightened;
  • through shared responsibility, collaborative problem solving and collegial capacity building. 
The Sandridge School will be a ‘community of educators’, who foster professional learning through the development of a shared language and set of common understandings around teaching and learning.

Education should involve an element of unsettling.

Why? The 21st Century is dynamic. It’s a moving feast of complexity and interactivity in a rapidly transforming, globalised context. It’s not about memory recall anymore, but rather the capacity to seek out and locate relevant information and then, crucially, be a critical user of that information. It’s about being flexible, communicating globally and being able to cope with constant challenge. Education has to equip students to be capable and competent individuals who can not only participate in society but feel confident to be the drivers of it. At Sandridge School, we equip our students to feel confident in grappling with the challenges the modern world faces. Our teachers enable students to develop capacities around problem seeing and problem solving by providing quests, not answers.

To teach is to understand that education is about growing people. Teaching is about enabling students to engage with the world (critically and emotionally), to step outside their comfort zone, to take risks, to learn from failure, to be curious and to challenge conventional wisdom. Education is a human endeavour which, at its best, is communal. And teachers, at their best, are powerful agents of change.