With research to suggest schools can have a greater influence on children’s behaviour and academic achievements than families, the early years are now more crucial than ever for setting little ones up for a life of learning. But not all schools are the same. On the forefront is local school Holy Cross, which has adopted a unique, holistic approach to early education to give its students the best start to modern life.
What is Walker Learning?
“We are leading the way with Early Years Education: Walker Learning – a play-based approach where children ‘learn by doing’, driven by their own interests and passions,” explains Holy Cross Principal, Sarah Hamilton. “Although unique, this teaching and learning style shares features of both the Montessori and Steiner approaches.”
The Trinity Park-based school is the only school north of Townsville which has adopted this approach, delivering an interesting and engaging curriculum that allows students to develop skills for the 21st century, while also nurturing wellbeing, values, social justice, Christian values and inclusivity.
According to Kathy Walker, founder of Walker Learning, regardless of the age and stage of development, children learn most effectively when there is hands-on, real-life exposure to learning opportunities that relate to their interests.
“There is technology galore in our eHub, with one-to-one iPads, robotics, coding and assistive technology accessed across all areas of school life: embedded in day-to-day teaching in classrooms, special projects in the eHub and extra-curricular clubs. We offer spacious grounds, outdoor learning spaces and our sensory garden is currently under development,” Sarah adds.
So whether you’re prepping for prep or looking for a new school that fits your family, Holy Cross will nurture your child to encourage them to be the best possible version of themselves.
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