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Spotlight on Preschool

Posted on 27 May 2022

Spotlight on Jo Stratton - Preschool Educator at Evelyn Scott School

Winner - ACT Early Childhood Educator of the Year - 2021



As a Foundation Team Member at Evelyn Scott School (ESS), Jo has established a brand new preschool in the heart of a new suburb. She collaborated with Support at Preschool (SAP), worked in partnership with families and championed the concept that preschool is foundational learning, not simply preparation for big school. Jo worked diligently to set up the preschool from ‘scratch’ by sourcing and selecting ethical learning materials, loose parts, play equipment and high quality texts for children. Jo actively constructed strong communities for learning by initially sharing the preschool with the school’s OSHC program, co-constructing lines of inquiry based on local wetlands and frogs with a focus on building indigenous cultural awareness for children. Children absolutely love preschool with Jo and families praise her work consistently because she genuinely builds the learning around children’s gifts and talents. Jo recently won the position of Play Based and Transitions Coordinator at ESS earlier this year and has already built capacity by sharing play-based learning and EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework) principles across the school. During remote learning, Jo conducted virtual excursions, virtual showcases and virtual read-alouds/sing-alongs as a daily part of her program. She has mastered the use of the school’s unique digital platforms to share learning with families and also collaborate with staff. Her focus on Environmental Stewardship was immensely popular for children and she routinely incorporates elements of nature based learning like the ESS chickens (incubated onsite) into her planning. She authentically follows curiosities, interests and fascinations and every day sparks joyful learning for preschoolers. Our preschool is genuinely set up as the third teacher and she follows the learning by creating beautiful displays targeting questions that children pose, such as ‘Do butterflies have eyes?’ and ‘What’s inside the egg?’ In this way, she co-designs units of inquiry with children and her professional practice is exemplary. 



2023 Enrolments

Posted on 02 May 2022

Enrolments for the 2023 school year, for ACT students in preschool to year 12 opened on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

In 2023 Evelyn Scott School will welcome students from years 7-10 to our senior campus in addition to our current junior campus.


In May 2022 Evelyn Scott School hosted two information sessions for prospective families. If you were unable to attend and would like to ask questions or attend a tour of either the junior or senior campus, please submit your request via the relevant link below.

Evelyn Scott School Junior Campus (Preschool to Year 6)  ESS Junior Campus Information/Tours

Senior Campus (Year 7 to Year 10) ESS Senior Campus Information/Tours

Ready to enrol? Please click on the link to submit an online enrolment form

2023 Priority Enrolment Area Changes

Priority Enrolment Areas are reviewed annually, with changes made where they are the most reasonable response to establish new schools or changes in population and enrolment demand. Where possible, changes are notified in advance of the opening of the prospective year enrolment cycle to provide a level of certainty for families about enrolment options and to support smooth transitions between levels of schooling.

There are some changes to Evelyn Scott School’s Preschool to Year 6 Priority Enrolment Areas for the 2023 school year.

For students who reside in the Molonglo Valley wishing to enrol for Years 11 and 12, please visit the Canberra College Information Night website

New Evelyn Scott School High School Campus

The new Evelyn Scott School High School Campus (Year 7 to Year 10) will open in 2023. Residents of the following suburbs from 2023 will be in the high school’s Priority Enrolment Area (PEA) and are guaranteed enrolment at the new school:

  • Whitlam (all)

  • Denman Prospect (all)

  • Molonglo (all)

  • Coombs (all)

  • Wright (all)

Whitlam will continue to be in a PEA Shared Zone between Hawker College and Canberra College.

All other suburbs affected by this PEA change will remain in PEA for Canberra College, as has previously been the case.

If you would like to know more about enrolling your child or about changes to the PEA please visit the ACT Education Directorate Website to lodge an online enrolment for 2022/2023 or to find out more about the process. You can also call the school enrolments line on 02 6142 3492 or email enrolments.evelynscott@ed.act.edu.au if you have any questions.


The Future of Education Strategy

Posted on 08 Sep 2021

The Future of Education Strategy outlines the plan for education in the ACT for the next decade.


The vision of the strategy is to build a future-focused education system that equips children and young people with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to embrace the opportunities and face the challenges that are emerging in our rapidly changing 21st century world. It is based on what the ACT Government has heard through a conversation with the ACT community and an analysis of issues by a range of experts. The Strategy is based on four foundations and four principles for implementation that form a 'roadmap' for the future.

At Evelyn Scott School, the Future of Education Strategy has informed our whole school vision of co-creating a contemporary and connected school with our community. We have aligned our approaches to learning and wellbeing to the Future of Education Strategy and we revisit it regularly to review and refine our practices. Additionally, the Future of Education Strategy is embedded into the way in which the Leadership Team have formulated our two Strategic Priorities for the school.

  1. Build learners’ capacity to solve problems, be critical and creative thinkers, and self-directed learners
  2. Develop learners’ belonging and connection to the school

(Evelyn Scott School's Strategic Priorities)

The Four Foundations of the Future of Education Strategy

  1. Students at the Centre

“The soft skills of yesterday have now become the hard skills of today”

  • At Evelyn Scott School, we have commenced delivery of a Future Focused Learning Continuum that begins with play-based learning in the preschool, inquiry-based learning in the primary school, and eventually, project-based learning in the high school.
  • The modern building represents a paradigm shift where students are at the centre of their learning. It is purpose-built for Future Focused Learning. This means that all learning is driven by inquiry. Future Focused Learning is a highly sophisticated and structured model of education. We have high expectations of all our learners and a strong focus on academic rigour.
  • We understand that literacy and numeracy are the gateway to a much broader range of skills and capabilities that students need to become active, responsible and engaged. (OECD, The Future of Education and Skills, 2018). We want to prepare our learners to be global citizens and this is why we have based our learning approach around the development of future skills and Fluencies, including the capacity to solve problems, be critical and creative, communicate and collaborate.
  • We value cross-sector collaboration and routinely arrange opportunities for our preschool teachers to work with our primary school teachers. Teachers at Evelyn Scott School understand that it is necessary to collaborate across preschool, primary school and, eventually, high school. Our Transitions and Play-based Learning Coordinator (Jo Stratton) is commencing work this year on influencing our staff to infuse our primary school with play-based learning models. Our high school commences operation in 2023 and this represents a responsibility for us to construct successful transition pathways for our learners as they move through all three sectors at our school.
  • Since February 2021, we have already observed growth in our learners’ capacity to think independently. They have been using the Fluencies in class to learn how to solve problems and how to collaborate effectively. We have wholeheartedly embraced the Inquiry Cycle (pictured below). All classes across the school are exploring the same Global Concepts so that we work together as one connected school. We have started with Belonging, then moved to Community, Environmental Stewardship, Global Citizenship and we will finish the year with Identity. These units have allowed for personalised learning as each learner engages with their interests, fascinations and curiosities. Each class works with their teacher to co-construct their essential question. At the end of our units of inquiry, we celebrate our learning with families and the community by conducting Showcases where learners describe their progress, skill development and talk about the work that they have produced. This contemporary and engaging cycle of learning caters to the needs of each learner.

(Students are at the centre of all that we do at Evelyn Scott School – Zain in Kindergarten)

2. Empowered Learning Professionals

“None of us is as smart as all of us”

  • Teachers are expert professionals highly skilled at working with students to lead them through their learning journey. At Evelyn Scott School, we work within a high-quality education system and develop partnerships with a range of other professionals and support staff so that we can meet student needs and create a connected and contemporary school community.
  • Evelyn Scott School staff collaborate with EDU colleagues and have built productive relationships with multidisciplinary staff so that we can provide the best possible outcomes for all students. Through Wabisabi Learning, staff have premium access to high quality professional learning and local, national and international networks so that we always remain connected to best practice learning approaches. It is the art and skill of the teacher to utilise the Australian Curriculum to design and deliver engaging and future focused learning programs for students. At Evelyn Scott School, we refer closely to the AITSL National Standards to reflect upon our practice and develop professionally challenging goals.
  • The Leadership Team has made a deliberate investment in best-fit teachers; teachers who are proficient and able to build their capacity in contemporary pedagogies. We have recruited two highly experienced Learning Coaches (Jude Fell and Ali Inskeep) who deliver differentiated training to staff and co-construct a positive and professional culture of reflection.
  • Our Future Focused Learning Coordinator (Nat Otten) mentors staff members to develop their classroom practices. Together, we work towards a shared vision of strengthening Future Focused Learning principles and provide engaging and student-centred units of inquiry. We utilise an online digital platform, Wabisabi Zen, to ensure that we remain connected with families and celebrate learners’ growth and progress.

(Evelyn Scott School Team, O Week – Professional Learning 2021)

(Evelyn Scott School Leadership Team 2021)

3. Strong Communities for Learning

“One family at a time”

  • Our brand new school status has privileged us with the capacity to co design our school with our community. We are a new school in the heart of a new suburb and we have included our community in the decision making process. Our school name, uniform and logo have been chosen by our community prior to our Foundation Year in 2021. Our Evelyn Scott School Community Coordinator (Tessa Wood) enthusiastically seeks and organises appropriate community activities for us to enjoy and we recognise the importance of building a positive community culture in our Foundation Year.
  • Our Leadership Team invested time during the project planning phase to meet with all of our enrolled families. These family meetings allowed a valuable opportunity to build quality family relationships and explain our future focused learning model, recognising that families are the experts of their own children. We strive to enrol the family too and want parents and carers to be active participants in school life, involved in the learning of their children. We consistently encourage open and honest communication. We publish comprehensive and interactive monthly newsletters, organise vibrant showcases for families and prefer targeted communication over social media platforms. Our website is our source of truth and we frequently email important notices home to families as required.
  • Schools are key community hubs providing more than access to learning. Evelyn Scott School has built strong partnerships with community agencies like Woden Community Services who runs our Out of School Hours Care Program. We work closely together to ensure consistency of programming and messaging in order to provide a high-quality service for our learners. We want to share our state-of-the-art facilities with our community and have commenced work with community hirers including local Roller Derby groups and ACT Basketball.
  • Our school has been honoured with a wonderful namesake; Dr Evelyn Scott. As the first school in Canberra to be named after an Aboriginal woman, we have an important responsibility to ensure that we maintain cultural integrity as a central tenant of all that we do. This is, was, and always will be Aboriginal land. We are also very lucky to have a diverse community with many different cultures represented. As we work, live and play on Ngunnawal land, our First Nations people will always be at the centre of all that we do and we will also respect, acknowledge and celebrate our vibrant and varied community’s cultures. Our Cultural Integrity Coordinator (Tanya Harley) works within this paradigm and collaborates with staff, community and learners to organise activities to enhance cultural understanding. One of Dr Evelyn Scott’s daughters, Charmaene Scott, is a member of the School Board. We recognise the significant contributions Dr Evelyn Scott made towards First Nations culture and, in particular, reconciliation and we create opportunities to continue to learn more about her life and her work.

(Harmony Day at Evelyn Scott School, 2021)

(Dr Evelyn Scott, image used with permission)

(Photos of our families displayed in our Community Room)

4. Systems Supporting Learning

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; growing together is success.”

  • As Canberra’s 89th public school, Evelyn Scott School is committed to establishing and maintaining one connected P-10 school with a positive foundation culture. We have designed a collaborative governance structure and set up an inclusive School Board to support the strategic management of the school.
  • We strive to “pursue educational equity” for all of our learners by embedding efficient and robust school-based systems, including:
  • A whole-school Data Plan
  • A clear focus on Formative Reporting and Assessment
  • A Conceptual Framework which outlines the units of inquiry for the entire school
  • A Pedagogical Framework which includes explicit guidelines about our learning model and philosophy
  • A commitment to responsibly resourcing and financially managing a contemporary school
  • We have designed and delivered a safe and supportive learning environment for all learners. Our Wellbeing Framework is attained through clearly defined systems and processes. Our consistent approach to promoting high expectations of behaviour is through the use of the Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) model and our school values of Safe, Respectful Learners. Our PBL Coordinator (Ross Dennis) works with staff and the Leadership Team to review and refine our PBL approach at Evelyn Scott School.
  • Our Wellbeing Coach (Beth Matters) provides high level expert, timely and quality advice to the teaching team at Evelyn Scott School on a range of issues related to student wellbeing, including trauma, complex and challenging behaviours, gifted and talented and disability. This is a new and innovative addition to the Leadership Team at Evelyn Scott School.
  • As one of Canberra’s newest schools, we are connected and have developed productive relationships with our colleagues across the ACT Education Directorate:

  • The ongoing building and construction process at Evelyn Scott School has required a unique focus on the physical layout of contemporary learning spaces. Teachers continue to consider the latest research as they work on utilising these modern classrooms. The Leadership Team support them to explore pedagogies that favour team teaching and best ways to use open plan rooms. Our Executive Team have worked with Joss Construction Company, Hayball Architects and EDU Infrastructure and Capital Works (ICW) to finalise the designs.
  • As Canberra’s population continues to grow, new schools will be built. Evelyn Scott School recognises the part that we play in collaborating with the broader system and we have enjoyed working with colleague Foundation Principals and Leadership Teams of new schools. This process has been a great example of “the right mix of school led innovation and external assistance and accountability, which has resulted in quality teaching and learning for every student” (ACT Future of Education Strategy).

(Principal Jackie Vaughan with the Director General of ACT Education, Katy Haire)

(Our School Values)

The Four Principles of the Future of Education Strategy

Equity – At Evelyn Scott School, “student achievement sets aside economic, social and cultural barriers” (ACT Future of Education Strategy). We need to remember that some learners will progress through the stages at different rates and some learners will require more scaffolding and support than others. All learners have the opportunity to succeed in a contemporary educational setting. We meet all learners where they are and prepare them to take their place in an ever-changing world. All learners have the capacity to solve problems using creative approaches incorporating the Six Fluencies and inquiry-based learning. Throughout these processes, all learners are encouraged to remain curious, connected and creative.

Student Agency – At Evelyn Scott School, “students make decisions about their learning and how their learning environments operate” (ACT Future Education of Strategy). Our contemporary educational approach actively promotes the development of future skills, including self-directed learning. Teachers are no longer the agents of learning; instead learners have agency over their own learning journeys. Teachers co-construct essential questions with their classes and learners have voice and choice in the classroom. Learner Agency means that learners are genuinely in control of their learning.

Access – At Evelyn Scott School, “supports for learning and wellbeing are available and provided to all students” (ACT Future of Education Strategy). Education is a human right and is the professional obligation of all teachers to ensure that each learner has access to their learning. We have recruited highly experienced Learning and Wellbeing Coaches to support teachers with this endeavour. Wellbeing is as important as academic pursuits and all staff recognise that it is important to ‘make space for learning’ by ensuring that the wellbeing needs of all students are met.

Inclusion – At Evelyn Scott School, “diversity is embraced, all students are accommodated and a universal sense of belonging fostered” (ACT Future of Education Strategy). We have established a positive inclusive culture in our school’s foundation year. Lesson tasks and activities are crafted to provide the correct amount of scaffolding, support and challenge for all learners. Difference is celebrated and all learners and families are welcomed and valued. We are very lucky to have a beautifully diverse community and all cultures are valued. Learners explicitly learn about what it means to be a global citizen. All learners belong to their school.


Wear It Purple Day

Posted on 02 Sep 2021

It is important and necessary to have conversations around diversity so that children know that it's ok to be different. At Evelyn Scott School we aim to provide safe and supportive spaces at school where young rainbow people feel proud of who they are.

Please click on the following link to view our Wear it Purple Day website and hear members of our school community on what Wear it Purple Day means to them.

Wear it Purple Day Website



Future Focused Learning at Evelyn Scott School

Posted on 08 Jul 2021

Put simply, the education that served us as either Baby Boomers or Generation X/Y no longer serves our children. Contemporary learning means preparing for a shifting future that requires skills and knowledge, citizenship, connection to culture and the environment and capacity to solve complex problems with creative approaches.


The term ‘Future Focused Learning’ will be used at Evelyn Scott School and it refers to all the components that define the contemporary style of learning that educators will deliver. There are 10 components in total, here is a snapshot of some of them:

  • personalised learning: as educators we need to place the student at the centre and tap into their interests and individual needs,
  • learning intentions and success criteria: when planning units of work, teachers will be able to answer these questions for students; What are we learning? Why are we learning it? How will I know I will be successful? It is also about utilising the Australian Curriculum efficiently and effectively,
  • process-driven learning: skills such as problem solving, researching, creativity and collaboration need to be explicitly taught using protocols or ‘Fluencies’. For our students, these skills are more important than content.

During our 2020 Family Meetings and throughout 2021, the Leadership team unpacked our contemporary approach to learning. This allowed us to answer questions and clarify details of play-based and inquiry-based learning. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and I want to thank families for their support of this evidence-based and academically rigorous learning methodology

As a Future Focused school, we will learn through play-based and inquiry-based approaches that connects learners and their learning to the world. We are very excited to authentically engage with the ACT Future of Education Strategy and all its possibilities. Please find link to ACT Future of Education Strategy here: https://www.education.act.gov.au/our-priorities/future-of-education/resources/The-Future-of-Education-An-ACT-Education-Strategy-for-the-Next-Ten-Years

All 90 ACT public schools will utilise this Strategy as a roadmap for the next decade. We are in a unique and fantastic position as a new school with highly skilled educators to implement all the components of Future Focused Learning right from the start!

We have sourced a high quality and user-friendly digital platform to enhance the ways in which parents can be involved in the learning journeys of their children. Formative assessment means that we will provide regular updates about your child’s progress and this platform will allow this to occur. It will also assist teachers to plan quality lessons mapped to the Australian Curriculum in a highly efficient manner. You will receive more information about how to use this platform and a consent form in the next newsletter.

At Evelyn Scott School, we have recruited specialist teachers to connect learners with specialist curriculum areas. Our chosen language will be Japanese, and students will learn about the language and the fascinating culture of Japan. Daniel Manestar, our Executive Teacher will deliver Japanese lessons to children across the school. We ensure that our learners have access to the creative arts and in classrooms learners will engage with opportunities to sing, dance and create visual art and music. Health and Wellbeing is a critically important part of social and emotional development and engaging holistic lessons will be delivered by our Movement Teacher, Ross Dennis.

Finally, connection to culture and the environment will be embedded in the learning experiences for all of our children. Our brand new playgrounds reflect our commitment to nature play and developing our children’s relationship with the environment. Digging pits, garden beds and vibrant playgrounds will form the basis of our outdoor learning spaces and they will be as important as our classrooms. Children in both the primary school and the preschool will be encouraged to use their imagination and use ‘loose parts’ safely to build their own games and activities as teachers foster joyful curiosity.

Future Focused learning inspires children to ask questions and build their skills as self-directed learners. At Evelyn Scott School, we want our learners to have control and agency and this means that they have choice and voice in their learning experiences.

Outdoor learning occurs alongside cultural integrity. We are very lucky to have such an inspirational namesake as Dr Evelyn Scott. This offers us a wonderful opportunity to connect students with the culture and longstanding history of First Nations people.


Canberra Times Article

Posted on 05 Aug 2021

First published before we opened our doors in 2021, Jackie's visions for Evelyn Scott School and its future focused learning model is captured in this interview with the Canberra Times. 

 

  

Additionally, here is an article and interview published by Denman Prospect Group.

 



Meet Evelyn Scott School Wellbeing Coach-Beth Matters

Posted on 11 Mar 2021

We welcome Beth Matters to Evelyn Scott School as our new Wellbeing Coach. Rewarded by the challenge of being present for learners, Beth launches into her groundbreaking role at Evelyn Scott School, supporting learners to develop critical skills for success in school life.


When did you decide education was for you? 

I’ve always been passionate about education. When I was at school, I was very fortunate to have some inspirational teachers who fostered in me a love of poetry, writing, running and critical thinking. So, it was only natural that I wanted to emulate them and help shape the next generation of learners.

I clearly remember the conversation I had with my history teacher, Mr P when he asked, “What do you want to do when you leave school?” and I said “teaching”. He looked aghast and said this would be “a waste of my talents”. I was surprised that someone normally so encouraging and invested in my learning would think so lowly of his own profession. I insisted that not only would teaching provide me with unique opportunities to make a positive impact on others, but it would also provide a secure source of income. I was shocked by Mr P response “Yeah it’s about as secure as a coffin”. This got me thinking that perhaps teaching wasn’t for me after all. I mean who wants to be trapped and buried alive with no way to escape! Instead I thought I had better make use of “my talents” so I enrolled in a law degree. I found myself reading tort and contract law ad nauseum and quickly discovered I wasn’t making use of my talents!! I turned my attention to Psychology and hoped that one day I would find my myself working in a school. Life has a funny way of connecting you back to where you want to be.

Please describe your role. I am a Wellbeing Coach at Evelyn Scott School and to my knowledge I am the first of hopefully many more to come in ACT Education. This is an exciting and evolving role and the best way for me to describe it is I get to do all those things I really wanted to do as a Psychologist in a school but never had the time to do…Such as early intervention and prevention programs and coaching and mentoring others in behaviour, wellbeing and psychological flexibility. When we are psychologically flexible, we can stay calm, think broadly, be curious, take the perspective of others, recognise we have choices, and then move towards values-based actions.

Beth with ESS students

Me interrupting a game of cricket for a photo opportunity on belonging. L to R - Brock, Dreydon, Sidney and Nixon.

How do you define success for yourself? Doing what you love most of the time without compromising who you are.

What is the most important skill you have learned on your path? Truly listening

What has been your greatest challenge? To be innovative and flexible in education so I’m not working in the coffin Mr P warned me about all those years ago.

What has been your greatest reward in the choices you've made? My biggest reward is often my biggest challenge. Being fully present with another in their pain and suffering is one of the hardest things I do but probably one of the most rewarding.

Some quick questions, just for fun:
Are you an early bird or night owl? Early bird

What’s your morning ritual? Cup of tea and breakfast in bed thanks to my husband. A cuddle with my dog Puff and a quick read of the news headlines.

What are five fun facts about you?

1. I’m terrified of geese

2. I play AFL and I’m a diehard Swans fan (Swans are very different to geese!)

3. My spirit animal is a squirrel

4. One of the craziest places I’ve ever been to and survived to tell the tale is the mosh pit at a Nirvana concert

What do you want to learn from this community of peers? And what do you want to give back? I’m really looking forward to learning how to embed future focused learning into our everyday practice. I want to give back a new way of developing (well) being programs based on neuroscience and the importance of human connection.   Beth Yr 6

Year 6 with our favourite ‘prac teacher’, Austinmer Public School (1986). That’s me in the middle of the back row looking very displeased probably because I wanted to play footy with the boys.


Community comes together

Posted on 17 Dec 2020

Recently, the Evelyn Scott School community came together for a Community Day where staff and families could meet and tour the administration and preschool buildings. The purpose-built Community Room and temporary library became the hub for all of the planned activities and it became a great place for parents and families to get to know each other prior to the new year.


This Community Day marks a significant milestone at Evelyn Scott School, as it symbolises the first of many meetings of the school community.

Over the past few months, the Evelyn Scott School Leadership Team have prioritised individual meetings with each family to discuss and finalise enrolment information, answer any questions and provide details about commencing at the school in 2021. These meetings have been a wonderful way for staff and families to work in partnership to ensure that families are authentically connected to their child’s learning and to promote positive outcomes for all children.

The Community Day was another opportunity for families to meet each other, get to know staff and to foster a genuine sense of connection within the new school community.

Parents were encouraged to write down any questions they may have about the school, and also view the school uniform items available for their child.

Attending students and their families were encouraged to write ‘welcome’ in their home language on images of the school’s logo, the Australian Reed-Warbler, which they could decorate for display in the school’s Community Room.

Parents were also invited to write a wish for their child’s future, creating a fun way for the school’s Leadership Team to understand what parents want for their child’s learning journey.

Students were asked to bring a feather of their choice to the Community Day, which was used to create a Mandela artwork that will be displayed in the school’s Community Room alongside the pictures of the Reed-Warblers. This was a fun activity for students, families, and staff as everyone worked collectively, embodying the Evelyn Scott School community coming together as one.

This activity showcased the commitment to student inclusivity and diversity at the school, as elaborated on by Foundation Principal, Jackie Vaughan, when asked about delivering a contemporary school.

“We will work with the community to create a school that delivers personalised and inclusive learning that is driven by play, inquiry and project-based approaches.”


Future Focused Learning at Evelyn Scott School

Posted on 16 Dec 2020

Put simply, the education that served us as either Baby Boomers or Generation X/Y no longer serves our children. Contemporary learning means preparing for a shifting future that requires skills and knowledge, citizenship, connection to culture and the environment and capacity to solve complex problems with creative approaches.


The term ‘Future Focused Learning’ will be used at Evelyn Scott School and it refers to all the components that define the contemporary style of learning that educators will deliver. There are 10 components in total, here is a snapshot of some of them:

  • personalised learning: as educators we need to place the student at the centre and tap into their interests and individual needs,
  • learning intentions and success criteria: when planning units of work, teachers will be able to answer these questions for students; What are we learning? Why are we learning it? How will I know I will be successful? It is also about utilising the Australian Curriculum efficiently and effectively,
  • process-driven learning: skills such as problem solving, researching, creativity and collaboration need to be explicitly taught using protocols or ‘Fluencies’. For our students, these skills are more important than content.

During our Family Meetings, the leadership team unpacked our contemporary approach to learning. This allowed us to answer questions and clarify details of play-based and inquiry-based learning. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and I want to thank families for their support of this evidence-based and academically rigorous learning methodology

teacher and students

As a Future Focused school, we will learn through play-based and inquiry-based approaches that connects learners and their learning to the world. We are very excited to authentically engage with the ACT Future of Education Strategy and all its possibilities. Please find link to ACT Future of Education Strategy here: https://www.education.act.gov.au/our-priorities/future-of-education/resources/The-Future-of-Education-An-ACT-Education-Strategy-for-the-Next-Ten-Years

All 89 ACT public schools will utilise this Strategy as a roadmap for the next decade. We are in a unique and fantastic position as a new school with highly skilled educators to implement all the components of Future Focused Learning right from the start!

collage of teacher and students

We have sourced a high quality and user-friendly digital platform to enhance the ways in which parents can be involved in the learning journeys of their children. Formative assessment means that we will provide regular updates about your child’s progress and this platform will allow this to occur. It will also assist teachers to plan quality lessons mapped to the Australian Curriculum in a highly efficient manner. You will receive more information about how to use this platform and a consent form in the next newsletter.

At Evelyn Scott School, we have recruited specialist teachers to connect learners with specialist curriculum areas. Our chosen language will be Japanese, and students will learn about the language and the fascinating culture of Japan. Daniel Manestar, our Executive Teacher will deliver Japanese lessons to children across the school. We highly value the arts and creativity and Music will be delivered by our specialist Music teacher, Byron Luck. Health and Wellbeing is a critically important part of social and emotional development and engaging lessons will be delivered by our Movement Teacher, Ross Dennis.

hands

Finally, connection to culture and the environment will be embedded in the learning experiences for all of our children. Our brand new playgrounds reflect our commitment to nature play and developing our children’s relationship with the environment. Digging pits, garden beds and vibrant playgrounds will form the basis of our outdoor learning spaces and they will be as important as our classrooms. Children in both the primary school and the preschool will be encouraged to use their imagination and use ‘loose parts’ safely to build their own games and activities as teachers foster joyful curiosity.

Outdoor learning occurs alongside cultural integrity. We are very lucky to have such an inspirational namesake and this offers us a wonderful opportunity to connect students with the culture and longstanding history of First Nations people.

aboriginal art


School uniforms available to order soon

Posted on 04 Dec 2020

As we get closer to welcoming our new students next year, we are pleased to announce that orders for new Evelyn Scott school uniforms will open on 11 January 2021.

There will be a range of uniform options to choose from. The navy polo shirt with the school’s Reed-Warbler logo will be the core piece of the uniform and can be coordinated with black bottoms in the form of skorts, shorts, pants, and skirts. There is also a dress option available.

Online orders for school uniforms can be placed at the Evelyn Scott School Online Uniform Shop from 11 January 2021, and you can choose to have your purchases delivered to your home, or you can click and collect your order from the pop-up uniform shop at the Evelyn Scott School during January.

You can find out more about the uniforms, ordering and pricing by visiting our School logo and uniform page.



Spot our new school sign!

Posted on 12 Nov 2020

The construction project reached a major milestone this week with the handover of the Administration and Preschool buildings to the school.  This means that Evelyn Scott School staff are now based on the campus; meeting with families, recruiting staff, planning for next year and unpacking furniture and resources for the school.  If you wish to visit the school campus, please contact us first so we can arrange a suitable time for your visit and advise parking arrangements.

School phone: 0435 132 571  Email:  General inquiries: evelynscotts@ed.act.edu.au or for enrolment related inquiries: evelynscottschool.enrolments@ed.act.edu.au

Our contractors continue to work hard to ensure the school is ready for students and staff on day 1, term 1 2021.



Our school is taking shape

Posted on 23 Oct 2020

Construction of our school is well underway, with the administration building, preschool building and two learning communities for the primary school progressing as planned.

This week, the carpet in the Administration and Preschool areas arrived and has been installed. The vinyl flooring was set down and painting completed in one of the learning communities and the internal windows in the second learning community were positioned. External areas of the school are taking shape with concrete poured for the second half of the external court and pathways, and an iron crane was used to position the gymnasium/hall roof.   To learn more about the school facilities and experience a fly through of the finished school visit HERE



Enrol now for Preschool to Year 6 students in 2021

Posted on 23 Oct 2020

Enrolments are now open for places in preschool to year 6 for 2021. The Priority Enrolment Area for the school includes the suburbs of Denman Prospect and Molonglo. If you would like to know more about enrolling your child, please visit the Education website for more information and to enrol using the online enrolment form, or call our Enrolments Service on (02) 6205 5429



The community has spoken

Posted on 04 Sep 2020

On 4 September 2020, Minister Berry and Principal, Jackie Vaughan, had the pleasure of announcing the name, logo and uniform design for the new public school in Molonglo. Evelyn Scott School will officially open its doors for preschool to year 6 students from the beginning of 2021.

As an important facility for the Molonglo Valley community, we asked the community to tell us their preferred option for the name and the school uniform. The community voted for:

School name: Evelyn Scott School

School uniform: Australian Reed Warbler concept

Dr Evelyn Scott was a leader, activist and advocate for reconciliation and the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and women across Australia.  To learn more about Dr Scott, please visit the Our School section.