Patersonia has been started by a small group of Launceston parents and teachers who believe there is a different way forward for the future of education. We come from a range of professional backgrounds and educational experiences, but have a common goal to create a new educational environment which is
caring, personalised and authentic,
small, flexible and responsive,
bases its methodologies on evidence and
continually reflects upon its processes with the view to continuous improvement.
Patersonia is a community-based, secular, independent learning environment offering education programs for ages 3-12. We adopt a personalised, multi-sensory approach to education where every student can be successful. Our smallness is our strength – students’ individual interests and passions contribute to their explorations. We provide regular and ongoing access to wild spaces, with wise and skilled educators who understand the power of play and child-directed learning in a natural environment, whilst also providing emergent and inquiry-based learning in a range of community spaces. We value our Tasmanian and Australian context, environment and inheritance, but connect globally – sharing with and learning from other cultures. We learn among nature and the community, rather than separated from it.
Our Early Learning Centre is registered and opened on Monday September 3rd 2018. We are working towards registration of a primary learning centre to open on 5th February 2020. If you are curious to learn more, we invite you to read further and contact us to start a conversation about how we can work in partnership for the best interests of your family.