Marist launches primary collaborative learning spaces

Enhanced teaching practices and new classroom environments will ensure students experience the benefits of collaborative learning in the new Primary Precinct at Marist College Ashgrove, Brisbane.

Collaborative learning is rapidly gaining popularity as schools across the country shift to a more vertical approach to classroom structure. Students are no longer restricted by the year they were born; instead, they are grouped by level and learning style.

Marist College in Ashgrove has recently introduced this approach to learning to its own community. It believes that this educational approach will help boys strengthen their cooperation and engagement with peers while learning together. It will also assist teachers in adapting classroom activities to accommodate diverse learning styles.

A Marist education, founded in the values of simplicity, presence, love of hard work and family spirit, encourages boys to aspire to excellence and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Students Working Together in Collaborative Learning Program at Marist College Brisbane

Students at Marist College, Ashgrove, Brisbane, are beginning a collaborative learning program. (Supplied.)


Assistant Head of College – Primary, Michael Connolly, said collaborative learning provides wonderful opportunities to help younger students feel more supported throughout their schooling journey.

“In the past, Year 5 boys would mainly spend time with around 28 other boys in their class while having limited contact with other boys in their year levels during class time,” Mr Connolly said.

“The introduction of collaborative strategies and flexible learning spaces will enable them to broaden their social networks and friendships, as they will be able to learn alongside more boys when appropriate for the lessons of the day.

“Creating these expanded connections across their year level will help students feel more confident when they transition into middle school.”

The College provides a sanctuary for learning and uses a faith-led approach to guide boys of promise to become men of character.

A world-class, holistic education, strong pastoral care and academic program inspire students to love, learn, lead and serve. Their spiritual development is supported through a ministry program in the tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat.

Student Receiving Award at Marist College Ashgrove

Senior students are strong role models for primary students at Marist College, Ashgrove. (Supplied)


The new Primary Precinct is a modern facility designed to facilitate best-practice teaching strategies. It includes flexible teaching and learning spaces and break-out rooms, which allow educators to create integrated schooling experiences and further cater to each student’s strengths and preferences for learning.

“Staff are excited to implement the new collaborative practices,” Mr Connolly said.

“More tailored approaches are available because we can adapt for small and large group learning. This benefits students who enjoy working in a large group dynamic and boys who prefer to learn independently.”

Students will have one primary teacher for most of their lessons, but collaborative learning in these flexible spaces will complement and expand their educational experiences.

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