Education at New Levels in the City of Education

JULY 26, 2016

Caption: Right Reverend Bishop Ebenezer St Mark Ntlali (right) blesses the new Centre for Creative Learning at the official opening on Friday 22 July.

St Andrew’s Preparatory School celebrated a landmark event last week in the official opening of their new Centre for Creative Learning - the first new educational facility to be built from a green site at Prep in over three decades.

An exciting space that will also benefit the Childrens’ Arts Festival goers and launch the new ArtReach programme for Good Shepherd School pupils, the Centre will  house all Project-Based Learning activities, accommodate visual art lessons, science and biology practical tasks, design technology lessons for Grades 4 – 6 Preppies, robotics and coding programmes and Makerspace activities.

Makerspace underpins the 21st century learning skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. Transforming the education landscape, the Makerspace movement provides hands-on and creative ways to encourage pupils to question, solve, design, collaborate, experiment, invent, construct and change.

The multi-purpose Centre for Creative Learning has been designed with flexibility and modern and relevant educational programmes in mind. The furniture is mobile, allowing for a multitude of seating and working configurations, further supporting the key design factor of flexibility. The use of smart paint provides a `white board’ effect and a magnetic noticeboard.

“In ensuring that our teachers are equipped to leverage maximum benefit from this facility for our pupils,” Headmaster Gareth said at the official opening on Friday, “we have staff currently studying an on-line course, through Harvard University, entitled Makerspace in the classroom. The entire Senior Primary teaching faculty has engaged in extensive and robust curriculum reviews across the learning areas in all grades.”