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.