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left: Open General Classroom above: Internal Collaborative Space

Team Approach A new Senior Learning Centre is helping Northern Beaches State High School staff make the most of team teaching. With five general classrooms that all open out into each other, Northern Beaches State High School’s new Senior Learning Centre makes it possible to team teach. “Because of the moveable walls, I’m able to merge classes with the teacher beside me,” says Sam Hall, Head of Department for English. “This enhances my skillset, as we can learn from each other, but also allows us to provide more time to select students needing extra support.” The new Senior Learning Centre also has two Flexible Learning Classrooms that can operate as science laboratories, art rooms, early childhood classrooms or a general classroom. And a Robotics Laboratory for STEM is also building excitement. It even includes fixed outdoor seating that doubles as fixtures robots can be programmed to climb. “I’m very excited about the possibilities within this new space, especially the robotics lab,” says Brendan Turner, Head of Department for Digital Technologies, Business & Technology Hardware. above: Northern Beaches State High School Principal, Robin Sprott left: L - R: School Captains Zach Norton, Laura Norton, Emillee Dorron, Aidan Newman

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“The facilities are second-to-none and our students will have opportunities that will be invaluable to them in the future. The front entrance has been designed so it’s big enough for the students to fly drones in there!” With a large internal collaborative space that the classrooms spill out onto, the Senior Learning Centre is proving it’s worth as a space for group work and as a performance area for drama. “No juniors are allowed and the Centre is a little away from the rest of the school, so there are no distractions,” says Year 12 student Tim Millsom. “It’s such a professional environment – I feel like we’re at university already!” The centre’s custom-designed entrance gates reflect the diverse culture of the school’s community and, while it’s air-conditioned, the Centre has been designed to be cool. Extra-high ceilings and automatic louvres catch the breeze, reducing the environmental footprint. “I love having a new space to sit at lunch time that’s just for us,” says Year 11 student Nathan Whalley. And his fellow Year 11 student, Sam Winters adds: “The collaborative space is so good for guest speakers with plenty of room for everyone to fit in. Such a luxury!”

Northern Beaches State High School Northern Beaches State High School Meranti Street, Deeragun 4751 7111 northernbeachesshs.eq.edu.au

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