Adelaide Botanic High School has been selected for an Excellence Award in the category of ‘Innovation in Learning Environment Design’ in the Australian Education Awards. This award recognises excellence in the design of a student learning environment in an Australian school. It considers a range of criteria such as how the learning environment reflects the pedagogy and the effectiveness of the learning environment.
Opening for students in 2019, Adelaide Botanic High School is the first truly vertical school in South Australia. The school’s learning spaces have been designed to cater for a flexible, contemporary, connected curriculum, and the team’s approach has been developed to make the most of the incredible spaces.
“The challenge for the school has been to enable teachers to unlearn previous practices and relearn the pedagogies this new approach enables and demands,” said Alistair Brown, foundation Principal of Adelaide Botanic High School.
Through a targeted professional learning program, and careful curation of furniture and spaces, Adelaide Botanic High School achieves a student experience that is intentional and future focused.
When explaining the connectedness of the school’s curriculum and learning spaces, Year 10 student Clementine Cooke-Hall said, “There are just so many different aspects of learning that are combined into spaces that are easily accessible.”
The Australian Education Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards in the K-12 education sector and showcase the top-performing schools and individuals for their outstanding achievements and transformative work. Adelaide Botanic High School is one of only three SA schools to be recognised for excellence in a curriculum awards category.
The overall winners of each award category will be announced and celebrated at the awards gala on 27 August this year in Sydney.