Northside Christian College has been named one of Australia’s forty most innovative schools by The Educator.
The award recognises outstanding educators who are improving teaching and learning outcomes through technology and innovative practices.
Northside Christian College received the award for its intentional Design Thinking Program across its middle school. Described as a program to encourage higher-order, cross-curricular thinking, students participate in a range of sessions: Year 7 students have weekly Think Tank skills lessons; Year 8 students participate in a Design Dilemma simulation day, and Year 9 students undertake an elective known as Challenge-Based Learning.
It’s hoped the program will equip students with the skills they need not only for their educational journey, but for the rest of their lives.
As part of this focus on innovation, the College has opened its flagship building, the Centre for Innovation and Creativity, which houses its Entrepreneurial Hub, a space to facilitate collaboration and encourage innovation.
Modelled on the London Business School’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the facility encourages the exchange of ideas and the honing of problem solving skills. The Principal, Mr Leighton Kuss, said:
“The vision is to create a laboratory for inspiration and encouragement, where students can identify passions, access mentoring with businesspeople, and begin to unlock their ultimate impact in life.”