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Inspired and effective student learning is central to our mission and sits at the heart of our strategic planning and our educational and operational decision making.

Our Definition of Learning

Learning is the transformative process in which conceptual understanding, personal development, skill enhancement and knowledge acquisition combine to help learners construct meaning. It is an active process, featuring dialogue and holistic engagement, that enables learners to make sense of the world by connecting new and existing ideas.

Core Principles

The following core principles describe the key characteristics of high quality learning at Mulgrave. We continuously aspire to create an environment where:

  • Learners experience close, supportive and respectful relationships with their teachers and peers.

  • Learners thrive in an environment that is emotionally, intellectually and physically safe, where risk-taking and supported failure are seen as necessary developmental steps to improvement.

  • Learners experience a range of learning and teaching methodologies and resources that engage, motivate and inspire them to learn effectively and enjoy the learning experience.

  • Learners have increasing agency in their learning, including having voice, choice and ownership about what, how and where they learn.

  • Learners receive ongoing feedback about their learning that is timely, specific and leads to future growth.

  • Learners feel individually challenged at an appropriate level that helps them build on prior learning and achieve further success.

  • Learners readily connect new learning with previous knowledge, concepts and skills.

  • Learners understand the purpose of their learning and see how their learning is preparing them for success.

  • Learners have ample opportunities to practice and apply their learning in real world contexts.

  • Learners have regular opportunities to collaborate with and learn from others.

'Growth Mindset'

We believe in the principle of a ‘Growth Mindset’, which is the belief that intelligence is dynamic and that the brain changes based on experiences. This theory of growth mindset is supported by research into brain plasticity and has proven to be pivotal in helping students improve their academic achievement. By contrast, in a fixed mindset, the belief is that intelligence is fixed and static. You are smart, or you aren’t.

A Holistic Approach

We recognise that learning happens through the holistic educational experience of our students through the IB academic programmes of the formal curriculum, through the enormous range of curriculum enrichment that happens through co-curricular and other programmes and through what our students experience at home and in other experiences outside school. We regard a Mulgrave education as an important part of their total education.