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SoCC primary school

SoCC’s Primary School

SoCC is a creative and democratic primary school. The primary school will be located at 6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo.

SoCC’s primary school offers:

  • learning through the creative process
  • a democratic school… all participants govern, design and shape the nature of their education and school
  • inquiry-based learning that includes projects, problem-solving, collaborative, and studio work
  • self-directed learning with every student guided to fulfill an Individualised Learning Program
  • multi-age learning including home groups, compulsory Literacy and Numeracy, and optional specialist study classes
  • an integrated business model combining social and ecological enterprises in which students participate
  • local, national and international community engagement
  • the best global principles and practices in creative and democratic education
  • a contemporary, futurist and visionary learning community.

Information Session

Can we help you? Do you have any questions?

Wednesday 18th April, 2018

7.30pm – 9.30pm

6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo

If you are:

  • a parent looking for an alternative,
  • an educator or artist, therapist, scientist or entrepreneur interested in participating,
  • a helper wanting to help us create this vision, or
  • a community member concerned or curious,

we invite you to come and chat and listen to our broader community’s response to our work… and bring all of your questions… from the simplest to the trickiest.


We are pleased to announce pre-enrolment is now open!

For more information, click on the button below 🙂

transition program 2019

School Fees

School fees for 2019 are:

$3500 per child, for the whole year.

At the beginning of the year, families are asked to pay $50 towards the classes’ materials including pencils etc.

Families will receive an invoice at the beginning of the year for the year’s tuition. Under private arrangement, families are able to be invoiced term-by-term.

SoCC isn’t able to offer reduced rates for siblings or concession card holders during our first year of operation, however we will be establishing a scholarship fund to help families in need.

6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo

The old Montessori site at Cockatoo has all the facilities we are looking for for our temporary home.

The primary school will enjoy a two to three year lease, while SoCC acquires and develops its permanent 45 – 70 acre property more north-west, around Seville.

The Cockatoo site is on 4 acres on the corner of Rainy Hill Rd and Mountain Rd, and has:

  • a brand new school building
  • 3 over-sized classrooms
  • a community gathering space
  • full reception area
  • kitchens in every classroom
  • abundance of bathrooms including disability
  • abundance of storage
  • disability access
  • heating and cooling
  • internet
  • new playground
  • large asphalted basketball area
  • timber storage huts
  • fully fenced dam
  • paddocks for the horses
  • an orchard
  • fenced farming area
  • conservation zones
  • extensive car parking with lights,

just to name a few.

If you would like to visit the campus, please contact us to arrange a time.

Here are some photos…


Every term, each student will develop an Individual Education Program with their educators. reflecting the eight key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, and goals and evaluation strategies (criteria) for students’ projects. Each student will be required to participate in morning literacy and numeracy classes, and select from a variety of specialist study classes in the arts, sciences and deep ecology, health and physical education, design and technologies, humanities and social sciences, and languages including Auslan. Students will attend based upon interest, projects, and educators’ recommendations. IEP’s are reflected upon at the end of each week, and form a part of students’ reports at the end of each semester.

Students’ projects will be generated by individuals, small groups, whole classes, and the full school community, and can partner with local, national and international communities. Students prepare a project plan, document the development of their project, create the project, exhibit it or present it formally to their beneficiary and the school community, and reflect upon and evaluate their learning outcomes and understanding of self along the way.

School of Cultural Creativity Curriculum
School of Cultural Creativity Policies

School Structure

The primary and potential secondary school will integrate multi-age, home-group classes:

  • Farm School for pre-schoolers
  • Prep
  • middle primary (year 1 – year 3)
  • senior primary (year 4 – year 6)
  • junior secondary (year 7 – 8), and
  • middle secondary (year 9 – 11), and
  • college (year 12 and educators).

Educators will have the opportunity to become ‘teacheprenuers’… just as our self-directed senior students will be encouraged to teach, educators will be encouraged to undertake their own self-directed creative practices, on-site where possible.

It will be the role of the educators to facilitate the creative learning process in their classes. Each educator will have a firm understanding of inquiry-based learning and will be both educated and experienced in their professional and personal inquiry. Educators will help the students access the resources the students need to fulfill projects, will participate in the development and fulfillment of the student’s programs and projects, and will teach topic specific classes. Educators will bring their needs for resources directly to the board of directors and to the broader community.


Being a democratic school, students and staff will participate equally in whole school meetings where they will raise ideas and problems, and democratically decide for themselves their best courses of action.

The school body may use these meetings to consider establishing or enforcing their rules, build upon projects, or design and vote upon the nature of their school.

The board of directors will focus their attention upon ensuring the business and well-being needs of the school are met, while the students and educators will be in the role of self-governance.

Social Enterprise

It is essential to SoCC’s development that we engage with the global creative community and that our online presence and our students’ and educators’ project-based enterprises thrive.

Not only will we have a lot to learn and stay abreast of, but we also aim to have a lot to offer to a globally creative marketplace.

Long-term Property and Facilities

The primary school will begin under a lease agreement with the school site at 6 Rainy Hill Rd, Cockatoo, while we shop for our permanent home of between 45 – 70 acres, in the area around Seville.

Committed to enabling cultural creativity in our students and community, our permanent property will facilitate our passion to create a high-tech / high-eco educational experiences, giving creatives the space, opportunity and resources to pursue a wide range of experiential education opportunities. The property will offer about 25 acres of cleared land to support the development of buildings, gardens, the food farm, and animal farm including our equine therapy, and 25 acres of wilderness to support our water rehabilitation and conservation work.

Our facilities will grow with our need for them and our capacity to build them, including studio classrooms, a fine art and media studio, science and technology lab, performing arts spaces and gallery, gardens, the food farm, animal care, sporting and festival fields, and conservation zones. We will build a kitchen and school café for the collaborative preparation of meals that could also host whole school community meetings.

SoCC’s educational programs including Primary, Farm School. and The Tribe, will offer home-group classrooms set up as collaborative studio environments while providing the members of the space with individual work spaces. The studio classrooms may consist of a communal table and seating, room dividers for brainstorming and project design, a communal lounge, large mounted screen and easy food preparation facilities. Individual studio stations may incorporate each student’s own desk with bookshelves, lockable storage, and boards for student’s planning, editing and collating. The Internet may be available to every studio station and each student from middle primary may use a laptop or some other portable, personal computer.

We’d love to see the property grow in light of the children’s projects. Our big dream is to build a creative, sustainable, socially-entrepreneurial village around it, born of the programs of the school and generating income for the school.