Welcome to SoCC

The School of Cultural Creativity facilitates creative and democratic education in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. SoCC is a not-for-profit, for-purpose social enterprise, registered as a company limited by guarantee with ASIC, and registered as a charity with the ACNC.

The aim of SoCC is to enable students who need a more creative approach in their education to maximise their capacity to learn and grow in light of who they are through the creative process rather than traditional academic processes.

SoCC offers Farm School for preschool-aged children, The Tribe for home schooled primary-aged children, and is working with consistent and energised effort to open the Maxwell primary school at the beginning of 2018.

With a community of four hundred and fifty interested families, mentors from around the world, and current and futurist research, our vision to build a contemporary learning space for children who need a creative approach to their education, looks increasingly promising.

We hope to meet you one day, learn about your desires for your children’s education, and help your child grow as a shining bright star and life-long creative learner.

Community Meeting –  Friday 28th July 2017

SoCC is excited to invite you to a casual, community conversation.

the Yarra Valley ECOSS’s hall

Friday 28th July, 2017

7.30pm – 9.30pm

711 Old Warburton Road

Wesburn, VIC 3799

Click here for loads more information about the meeting, including who will be there and what we’ll be chatting about.

Eventbrite - Community Meeting - July 2017

Many families are curious about Farm School and The Tribe, and even more are really interested in more information about the Maxwell primary school.

If you are:

  • a parent looking for an alternative,
  • an educator, artist or scientist looking for work,
  • a creative wanting to help us create this vision, or
  • a community member concerned or curious,

we invite you to come and chat, find out more about our philosophy, curriculum and structure, and listen to our broader community’s response to our work.

About the School of Cultural Creativity

  • SoCC facilitates learning through the creative process
  • SoCC is a democratic school… all participants govern and shape the nature of their school
  • SoCC implements inquiry-based learning that includes projects, problem-solving, collaborative, and studio-based work
  • SoCC offers self-directed learning with every child guided to fulfill an individualised learning program
  • SoCC offers multi-age learning including home groups, compulsory Literacy and Numeracy, and specialist study classes
  • SoCC’s business model integrates social and ecological enterprises in which students participate
  • SoCC facilitates local, national and international community engagement
  • SoCC is founded upon the best global principles and practices in creative education
  • SoCC is always a creative, contemporary and visionary learning community
The School of Cultural Creativity has been a very special experience for my two daughters early lives. It is a treasure trove of good times, gorgeous people and special memories.

It is a place that they can just be themselves, letting them explore their own creative little minds, and grow confidence in their abilities and their little bodies.


Programs for children

Come and Play Days

For pre-schoolers

Come and Play Days are sessions that imitate Farm School. They are designed for families of children aged 0 – 6 years who cannot participate in the regular weekly Farm School program. The focus and activities are the same as Farm School, and include a democratic meeting at the beginning of the session where the children are asked what it is they would like to do on the farm. Held monthly, families from the community can book for as many sessions as they wish.

Farm School

For pre-schoolers

Farm School is SoCC’s uniquely designed early years program for children aged 0 – 6. Based on the farm, children experience various ecological and social ways of being through activities including animal care, nature-art projects and land-care, encouraging the children to build upon their innate creative natures. Farm School is a democratic, child-directed, parent stay, nature-based program that is held weekly for enrolled families.

The Tribe

For home and un-schoolers

The Tribe is for children aged 6 – 11, where ‘presence is valued and ownership is involved’. They will intersect their learning journeys through story telling and music making across the fire pit, explore their ideas for things they are interested in, work democratically and collaboratively on projects benefiting the community, engage with farm work, reflect and plan, and cook up  lunch… learning through the lens of environmental and social education.

Maxwell Primary School

For primary-aged children

SoCC is working towards launching the Maxwell Primary School at the beginning of 2018. Consistent with its values of creative education, the school will offer:

  • a creative environment and culture
  • inquiry-based and project-based learning
  • multi-age classes
  • individualised learning programs
  • democratic governance, and
  • community engagement.

Join our growing community

Expressing Interest

Families are expressing interest in Farm School and the Tribe in 2017, and the primary and secondary school from 2018.

Expressing Interest

Registering your interest ensures your family is offered a place as early as possible… with no deposit or obligation to accept an offer when it’s made.


Design and Build

Would you love to or feel called to be a part of a community passionate about our environment, society, creativity and our children?

Design and Build

Do you have ideas or ideologies of the future or for a new school?
Please share how you’d love to participate and the best way for us to contact you.


Sparkle St

SoCC's newsletter includes: program information, updates on the school, raising creative kids, and special opportunities.

Sparkle St

Sign-up for the newsletter by clicking on the button below and entering your name and best email address. We promise to keep your contact information private.



SoCC's easy-to-read prospectus details Farm School and the philosophy and pedagogy of the primary and secondary school..


Click here to download SoCC’s 2016 prospectus as a PDF.


Where we are

The School of Cultural Creativity runs its programs in the Yarra Valley, to the east of Melbourne, Australia.

Aquila Acres… Wandin North in the Yarra Valley

The childrens’ programs including

  • Farm School,
  • Come and Play Days and
  • The Tribe

are held at our partner’s farm called Aquila Acres. We utilise their community center that caters for a range of community programs and events. Aquila Acres is at 22 Rodger Road, Wandin North, Victoria.

Aquila Acres offers a huge variety of pre-booked farm experiences including equine therapy, horse-riding and agistment, pony parties for children, and they host farm-stay holidays in their beautiful, two bedroom Bed and Breakfast called the Stable House. Find more information at http://www.aquilaacres.com.

Latest Articles

The top 6 conditions for self-directed learning

The top 6 conditions for self-directed learning. I've posted Peter Gray before... however this talk of his is now illustrated and therefore so much more relatable... "These are the conditions that optimize childrens' ability to educate themselves... When children know that they’re responsible for their education, they take that responsibility. When they believe, [...]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Creative Education|

9 Values of Culturally Creative people

9 Values of Culturally Creative people. Our community consists of a group of innovators as well a group of people who support their work. The number one value of a cultural creative is innovation. The definition of innovation is "to introduce something new; or make changes in anything established". But it's not about innovation for the sake of [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|Cultural Creativity|

Socialise with us – online