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Creating a Hub in the Centre of the School

Open spaces within the school campus can be so much more than designated spaces for pathways, playgrounds or lunch seating. The central spaces between building can be a thriving hub for the school community. A playground can be the central feature in a multipurpose...

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Grand Designs

Playgrounds in the past followed a set formula of steel and plastic with a slide and rubber soft fall. This offered little variety for children hungry to try a new challenge and adventure. Now playgrounds have ventured into new designs such as nature play, loose parts...

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Indigenous Perspectives

Recognition of local indigenous people and culture is an important element of playground design. Yarning circles, recognition of local species and artwork of the local natural environment all work together to create a sense of local identity for students. An...

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Open-Ended, Imaginative Play 

During the structure of a busy school day educators look for opportunities for open-ended, imaginative play. This time gives students space to be creative, explore and put into practice the learnings of the day. It also provides time for rest and exercise.  A well...

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Nature Play  Nature play is recognised for its therapeutic benefits. The contrast of stepping out of the built environment of the  classroom to the open-ended, green, leafy space of nature provides students with the opportunity to relax.  ...

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Indoor / Outdoor Education Spaces

The definition of the classroom is changing. There are many different formats beyond rows of desks including learning pods, small group work settings, lounge seating and the opening up of the classroom to integrate with outdoors. The use of outdoors for class time...

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Dream Big

A playground is limited only by imagination and the Australian Playground Safety Standards. For many years steel and plastic and predictable playground elements made school playgrounds the same as what children would find at any park. Now there is scope for so much...

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Building Upper Body and Core Strength

Students today can spend several hours a day on a screen, with some students missing out on physical exertion and strength building entirely. Time spent during sports and in the playground at school can often be the only opportunity for students to build upper body...

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Making Your School Unique

Each school has its own culture, made up in part by the local community, core values and the team of educators working together. As families research the right school for them, the first impression on the school tour becomes all important for communicating the ethos...

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Reggio Inspired Play

Reggio Emelia pedagogy continues to inspire educators to foster open-ended, imaginative play as the third teacher. Reggio inspired play spaces are characterised by natural, uneven textures and materials, loose parts and colourful accents. Children will construct a...

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Break Time is the Perfect Reset

Children naturally know how to rush to do what is good for them. Playing at break time at school is the natural means by which a student can progress in all aspects of development. The school playground provides the place in which a student can progress a wide range...

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The Magic of Trees

Concentrating for hours at a time in the classroom is a challenge. The built environment and the noise of sounds reverberating off classroom walls can diminish a students ability to remain immersed in learning. Outdoor classrooms offer a context for learning where the...

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