New Primary School To Let Students 'Discipline Themselves'

Definitely a 'creative approach'

Troy Nankervis

8 September 2017

Troy Nankervis

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It could spectacularly succeed or fail but letting primary school students discipline themselves at a new Melbourne school is certainly a bold concept that’s under review by the Vic State Government.

Based in Wandin North, the School of Cultural Creativity – also to be known as Maxwell Primary School – would reportedly let primary school students draw on “self-contemplation, self-direction, self-governance and self-motivation” both inside – and out – of the classroom, the Herald Sun reports.

The school’s founder and teacher Jane Macdonald hopes to launch the school next year, revealing many of the 65 students who’ve already signed up struggle “in a mainstream environment.”

“This is designed for children who need a more creative approach to learning,” she said, adding that another 120 prospective students are also interested.

Ms Macdonald reassured the “democratic” school would follow a national curriculum that would be rolled out “through the creative process” with classrooms modelled on a creative studio environment.

“We want them to learn to effectively embody that creative life,” she said.

The Department of Education has confirmed the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority was currently reviewing the application.

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