Our school aims to stay abreast of educational trends that are of benefit to the cognitive and developmental stages of our girls by embracing 21st century learning. Our girls are familiar with De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, as well as Thinking Maps, which are used during lessons to assist in developing the seven C’s of 21st century learning, namely: critical thinking (finding solutions to problems); creativity and innovation (thinking outside the box); collaboration (working with others); character (social emotional learning skills); culture and ethical citizenship (sharing what we value); computer and digital technologies (transforming how we learn and lead); and communication (making sense and expanding perspectives).
Principles such as adopting a growth mindset, the Learning Pit and P4C (Philosophy for Children) are used in the classroom and are applied practically. A growth mindset is vital as it teaches our girls that learning is a process and that it is alright to make mistakes. Our girls are also provided with valuable study skills which will equip them well for their secondary and even tertiary studies.
Our girls are also exposed to inquiry-based learning, which is a method that emphasises the student’s role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling our girls what they need to know, they are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas. Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to learning, including small-group discussion and guided learning. Instead of memorising facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion.