Learning - Lighting Fires

"Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire." W.B. Yeats


"The questions young people ask remind us that the search for meaning is fundamental to what it is to be human. The urge to inquire activates thinking on many levels and in many forms. When we seek to make sense of the world around us, we wonder, we plan, we analyse, we create, we reflect. At its very heart, inquiry is all about thinking – thinking in order to make meaning." Kath Murdoch.

While information and knowledge is part of the learning puzzle, we believe that a true appreciation of inquiry should guide our teachers and our students.

Rather than starting point with a textbook, we understand that learning should truly begin with the student. The students' experiences, questions and interests form an integral part of the conversations and understandings of class life, each and every day.

Our understanding of a one-to-one approach to education will be guided and informed in the years ahead by the International Baccalaureate (IB), which offers both the Primary Years Program and the Middle Years Program (Encounter is a candidate school in each of these programs and is implementing the framework with the view to gain full authorisation). The IB promotes a transparent, best-practice approach to education that places the student at the centre of learning. In addition to a world-renowned, high quality curriculum, the IB promotes ongoing collaboration between teaching staff and a rigorous and highly accountable level of education.

We believe that being authentically engaged in learning should be a priority for all students. For those who need additional support or extension, we have a team of specialist teachers and support staff who provide a range of intervention programs, strategies and support to ensure students are engaged and challenged according to their needs.

In addition to this, learners are encouraged to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced and reflective. This gels perfectly with our Christian identity, our sense of community and our attention to student wellbeing. We are confident these values are also in harmony with what families hope for as their children thrive and grow into young adults.

Lighting the fires of imagination and inspiration is at the heart of the Encounter story...