About Us

/About Us
About Us 2018-01-24T12:09:14+00:00

About Us

SoCC’s address and contact details

Address: 6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo, Victoria

Phone: 1300 11 66 54

Email: jane@schoolofculturalcreativity.com

Mail: P.O. Box 75, Kalorama, 3766

SoCC’s Organisation

The School of Cultural Creativity provides programs for children whereby they learn through the creative process rather than the academic process.

Do you know any children who want or need this way into learning? Were you one yourself?

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, with

Unique in the way in which we operate, SoCC is democratically governed by the whole school community.

Our organisational structure is traditional though, and includes the students, their families, educators, volunteers, a working committee, and a board of directors.

Unlike traditional companies, our board of directors work from a grass-roots position, listening to and facilitating the needs of the students, families and educators, who inform, design and shape our programs, guided of course by the best global creative and democratic education principles and practices from around the world. It’s the board’s role to ensure their learning programs are adequately resourced and managed.

Registered charity

SoCC’s organisational model

School of Cultural Creativity's organisational model showing the students at the top and the board underneath resourcing them

SoCC’s Founder

Jane Macdonald
Jane MacdonaldFounder and Director

Jane Macdonald is a Creatologist, specialising in the research of the nature and power of creativity.

Jane’s background includes fifteen years of specialist experiential education and educational consultancy, her own photography business, co-creation of a new specialist school, the design and build of her own home, and she is currently writing a book about the nature of creativity while founding  and building the School of Cultural Creativity.

Her qualifications include:

  • Masters of Sustainability and Social Change (creativity), Oases Graduate School
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (curriculum design), Melbourne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Integrative and Transformative Studies, Oases Graduate School
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (special education), Deakin University
  • Diploma of Professional Photography, International College of Professional Photography
  • Diploma of Teaching (creative arts), Australian Catholic University
  • Certificate IV Small Business Management, Mission Australia

SoCC’s Dedication

The primary school is dedicated to Rebecca Maxwell. Jane will write about her as she permits. These are her words…

The Creative School

We are a non-hierarchical school: students and teachers learning together. Each person has something valuable to impart to others; thus respectful relationships are the basis of all interaction. Certainly we have different revelations to impart, but we deem them all valuable- what a child reveals and what a teacher reveals, both open the mind and heart to a new perspective.

Our ideal is to look with wonder at each human being comprising our school’s population.

Learning is a respectful, mutual experience. It requires deep listening by students and teachers to each other, to the environment, to history, and to the gifts of inspiration which come from each. We cherish each person involved in the school as a human being with the potential to open the wonders of learning.

Our hope is that students, as well as everyone involved in the school, will carry the attitudes of mutual respect into society, helping support a culture of non-violence and openness to individual difference. A culture where co-operation brings out the best in each person.

The ethics of our school are like seeds of life-long education, flowering into open minds and hearts.

Of course we will follow a syllabus which covers the range of core subjects expected in the primary school. However, these subjects can be tackled from various angles, encompassing the various ways we human beings explore our thirst for knowledge. By beginning with the quest for understanding, all regular school subjects can be embraced. It certainly takes imagination to learn and teach in this way. The paramount path we will keep before us is an attitude of genuine co-operation in the search for understanding life in our world.