By Andrew Douch
"It is now one month to the day since I visited Northern Beaches Christian School, in Terrey Hills, about 30 km north of Sydney. The fact that now, a month later, I still find myself thinking regularly about what I saw there makes me believe that NBCS could well be the best school I’ve ever visited. In this post I want to simply share some of the things I saw which made an impression on me.
"I visited the school primarily because my friend, Steven Collis teaches there. I’d had dinner with Steve and his wife Rachel the night before, and he had invited me to see his school while I was there.
"Much has been written about NBCS’s use of open learning spaces, and they really are terrific. I have seen many other schools with open learning spaces but have generally been underwhelmed by what I saw. Typically, two or three classes are running in different spaces in the open-plan centre. But the classes are more or less the same as they would have been if there were walls between them – except with more noise. Indeed a number of schools which built an open space, have later put up walls because it wasn’t working. In dramatic contrast to that scenario, the open spaces I saw at NBCS not only worked but worked beautifully. I don’t intend to dwell on the actual design of the spaces. I simply want to describe some of what I saw that really made an impression on me – and made me think."
Via Virginia Pavlovich