63-67 Conway Street, Lismore
phone: (02) 5632 1218
Welcome to Living School – Northern Rivers NSW
a committed co-learning school community.
Phone: (02) 5632 1218
Now taking in enrolments for years Kindergarten to Year 10
and, now, expressions of interest for Years 11 – 12… and 13!
(Living School will grow to offer Early Years to Year 13).
Our Term Times are intentionally different!
Our 2021 term times are purposefully designed to facilitate improved learning and teaching experiences. Having shorter, sharper blocks of time creates more focus and better retention.
March 22 – 30 April (then one week holiday)
10 May – 25 June (then two weeks holiday)
TERM FOUR – CIVILISATION – 7 weeks
12 July – 27 August (then one week holiday)
TERM FIVE – PHENOMENA – 6 weeks
6 September – 15 October (then one week holiday)
TERM SIX – SERVICE – 7 weeks
25 October – 10 December (then six weeks holiday)
Living School cares to teach, challenge and nurture good people for a sustainable future.
We believe that all children have a limitless potential and that the role of every educator and parent/carer is, before all else, to activate and mobilize the potential within a child, rather than see him or her from a point of view based on limitations and flaws.
The Living School is about the power of inspiring places…
* where children learn,
* teaching is untethered,
* parents connect,
* and a community thrives.
More than Content Knowledge
Our children need much more than facts and content – they need to develop positive attitudes and responsible social networks! Our children need to find a purpose in this information age. We are committed to drawing out of each student a compelling desire, where interests become passion. And this is the historical origin of education – to evoke and draw out. We connect with our past to improve our future.
Inspirational and Engaging
We aim to make schooling inspirational – a time in a person’s life when, years in the future, our children will discuss over a dinner table or social network their time at Living School with pride and humble humour at all they experienced, all they learned.
Nurturing Human Exceptionalism
Living School’s aim is to nurture progressively and purposefully key elements of success (values, attitudes, skills) to foster competence without pressure or expectation alienating and destroying each pupil’s love of learning. And to do so as a kind, mindful, engaging and supportive caring community.
Living School celebrates our connection to nature and each other’s personal uniqueness: the fundamental principles for leading a fulfilled life. Celebrating our diversity allows us to respect our individuality.
Living School’s foundation is the Living philosophy:
New Model of Learning and Teaching
Living School is different – we view the future through a progressive lens. We adopt a new vision on how to teach with impact to empower and engage. We focus on the learning process: forming connections to think of the bigger picture; mastering concepts to understand; and learning in context to experience.
Real teaching focuses on what really matters, the bigger picture beyond the subject content knowledge: how do we soulfully, with great care, wholly influence a person’s development positively?
As educators, how do we prepare the seeds for a positive relationship? How do we teach to the personal needs of each learner under our care?
Personal learning means we ‘know’ our students. There is a difference between personalised learning and personal learning: personalised is what we do to them as individuals; personal is what they need to do for themselves.
Living School has purpose – and plans around frameworks to balance interest-based learning with challenges.
If you would like to explore more, navigate through our Pedagogy section on the main menu.
The Five KeyStones for integrated learning.
Our curriculum integrates throughout the schooling years attention to explore five KeyStones.
Understanding these themes provides our students with a broader awareness, a greater consciousness of awakefulness.
Train of Thought
Living School emphasises the belief our environment is the ‘third teacher’. We converted our 1928 ‘red ratter’ into a science, design, technology centre.
All our spaces have a sense of wonder – we promote learning engagement!
Living School Lismore BaseCamp
The initial startup building. However, Living School will offer expeditions, harnessing the local area as the broader campus.