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Cornish College Educational Philosophies

All children are natural inquirers and powerful learners. We nurture their sense of inquiry and aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life.

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. They take the common curriculum framework that all schools are given and set the challenge of transforming it to support the college’s philosophy. Cornish College teachers 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.

Cornish College has designed its curriculum to reflect its moral responsibility to its local and its 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, Cornish College teaches, staff 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
The 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 the ELC pages.

International Baccalaureate
The 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 more information about the PYP on the Primary Years pages.

Rings of Sustainability
The college emblem shows four interlocking Rings of Sustainability and these are used 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.

Cornish College looks through these four lenses when teachers design the curriculum, which happens on an ongoing basis. Teachers ask themselves how each and every unit will help them educate for a sustainable future and this ensures sustainability flows throughout their teaching. This design allows Cornish College to address the Victorian Curriculum Foundation-Year 10 framework and support the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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