Educational Philosopies

We educate for a sustainable future and understand that sustainability means a balance between healthy and thriving people, our physical environment, communities, cultures and cities

Cornish College teachers are great curriculum designers. We take the common curriculum framework that all schools are given and set ourselves the challenge of transforming it to support our philosophy. We build on the common content and create an engaging, meaningful and relevant curriculum to inspire students. This is underpinned by quality instruction and understanding how young people learn, and this will see every child become the creative individual they have the potential to be.

We have designed our curriculum to reflect our moral responsibility to our local and our global communities. Creativity is at the core of our outcomes and we can be certain it will be valued in the future. Without it, the world will have failed its young global citizens.

In everything we teach, we look for opportunities to make a difference – to shift the priorities of a generation, to develop a sustainable world where future generations want to and have the capacity to make a difference.

Reggio Emilia

Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) is internationally-recognised as a centre of excellence and has received a top rating of Exceeding in all seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and the National Regulations. Its curriculum centres on the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning, which has become the benchmark for excellence in teaching young children. More information about this philosophy in action can be found on our ELC pages.

International Baccalaureate

Our College is an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. The PYP has a focus on international mindedness and developing the child as a global learner. This is achieved by embedding the characteristics of the Learner Profile into all aspects of the school day. Find our more information about the PYP on our Primary Years pages.

Rings of Sustainability

Our College emblem shows four interlocking Rings of Sustainability and we use these to truly embed sustainability into our teaching.

Each one represents a different aspect of sustainability, which combine to create a holistic view of a sustainable world. The rings must be in balance to ensure a sustainable world, one where there is enough for all, forever.

We look through these four lenses when we design our curriculum, which happens on an ongoing basis. We ask ourselves how each and every unit will help us educate for a sustainable future and this ensures sustainability flows throughout our teaching.

This design allows us to address the Victorian Curriculum Foundation-Year 10 framework and support the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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