We are fortunate to have moved into totally refurbished buildings and learning spaces that have been designed for teaching our vocationally focused HSC courses. Our old campus is being converted into a 7-10 High School.
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10 things I learnt from the move
- Moving is time consuming and exhausting.
- Things wear out. Schools are hard on resources.
- "Stuff" accumulates in schools. It was a massive job to clean out the old campus, there was lots of material stashed in cupboards and rooms that was broken, out of date or would never be used. When teachers move on they leave behind "stuff" that is never used again.
- Don't wait 20 years to begin cleaning up and throwing out.
- Change brings energy. You need to be able to use and channel it.
- Change is stressful.. Staff and students react differently to change. Some struggle with change and you need to be on the lookout to support them through the process.
- Under difficult situations people pull together and can make extraordinary things happen.
- The physical environment influences people. "Nice" learning spaces have a positive effect on people.
- It is hard when planning and creating new learning spaces to think of all the requirements of the spaces.
- Learning spaces come alive when you put things and people into them.
What are your experiences of moving?