A personalised education
Darlingia Forest School is an intentionally small school aiming to grow year-by-year to just 25 students from Prep to Year Six. The small scale of our school means we are able to tailor our program, based on the Australian Curriculum, to the interests and needs of your child.
Put simply, the Australian Curriculum is the content of our educational program, it is ‘what’ we teach; our school philosophy is our guide that shapes ‘where, when and how’ we teach the content; and together with our students we create the ‘why’, the reason for our studies and activities.
Place-based education means we take our teaching and learning out of the classroom. We use our school house, our local community, and the natural environment as a starting point to teach subjects across the curriculum. When you start to think this way, the opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are endless.
For example, we might learn about Maths/Science (measurement/chemical reactions) in the kitchen; Art/Design Technology (painting/constructing) in the workshop; use our town’s facilities for HaSS/HPE (local history/swimming); and use the natural environment for Geography/Bush craft (orienteering/fire making).
A typical day
Our school day is flexible and subject to change. Our daily timetable might look a bit different but from 9-3 we have the same amount of “learning time” and “break time” as other local schools.
Home educating families join us on Wednesdays and families with little ones join us Thursday mornings 8:30am – 10:30am for playgroup.
|8:30am||School opens. Time for self-directed learning|
|9:30am||Morning tea and meeting|
|10:00am||Place-based integrated learning|
|12:30pm||Quiet time followed by lessons in literacy & numeracy|
|3:30pm||Kids’ Nature Club (optional)|
Our educational program