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Early and Primary Learning Centre

1 Gerrard Close




68 Rannoch Ave

Riverside TAS 7250


A Modern Education

Over the last decade, it’s become increasingly evident that in our rapidly changing global environment, we require a different approach to education. We are well positioned in the contemporary educational landscape to respond to a global re-imagining of education. We are small, responsive and flexible. We are not locked into a model of education or limited by past practices and beliefs. As an organisation we can learn, grow and change just like our students.

Our education is progressive:

  • emphasising personal relationships in order to build healthy individuals who learn together in a community

  • and inclusive and has a celebratory attitude towards the gifts learners bring

  • what learners are able to do and know about themselves becomes central to the learning process; it is a learner-directed approach

  • mentor intervention may be minimal at certain times and in certain areas, and

  • teaching is usually in context, using concrete materials and the principles of holistic and conceptual learning, supporting any specific learning the child needs or desires.

Our education is democratic and our learning environment supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected government

  • the rule of law

  • equal rights for all before the law

  • freedom of religion

  • freedom of speech and association

  • the values of openness and tolerance.

We seek to foster connections:

  • with our students, parents, mentors and staff, and members of our association

  • among the wider community and local organisations

  • from our youth to the elderly

  • with nature and the planet

  • and globally.

A rapidly changing world

Through our curriculum we impart ten qualities as essential to successfully adapting to this rapidly changing world of work (adapted from John Taylor Gatto).

1. The ability to define problems independently without a guide.

2. The ability to ask hard questions which challenge prevailing assumptions.

3. The ability to work in teams without guidance.

4. The ability to work absolutely alone.

5. The ability to use influence and persuade others that your course is the right one.

6. The ability to discuss issues and techniques openly with an eye to reaching decisions about policy collaboratively.

7. The ability to conceptualise and reorganise information into new patterns.

8. The ability to select relevant information quickly from masses of irrelevant data.

9. The ability to think inductively, deductively and dialectically.

10. The ability to address challenges heuristically.

How we differ?


  • view of each student as competent, capable, creative, responsible, resourceful & resilient…

  • continual quest for engaging learning environments…

  • educators are extraordinarily passionate and dedicated and unhampered by bureaucracy…

  • strengths and evidence based curriculum approach…

  • emphasis on authentic ‘real world’ learning, wherever possible…

  • deliberately-planned multi-age community structure…

  • time spent nurturing supportive, respectful relationships…

  • ongoing two-way dialogue with parents/carers…

  • smallness enabling unlimited customised learning opportunities…

  • advocacy for children and young people being visible as active citizens in the broader community...

  • choice of language to describe our learning environment led by mentors and leaders...


Our educational approach is inspired by and draws on many sources, which are critically evaluated with our students and our community context in mind – a never-ending journey. 

Are we right for your family?

You know the school is right for your family if you want your children to:

  • have an education based on Socratic questioning and logical reasoning

  • be educated outdoors and in experiences of wild nature

  • be equipped with the tools to take care of themselves in everyday life

  • have their innate creative ability nurtured and expanded

  • have a positive mentor relationship with their teachers

  • be able to contribute their ideas for learning activities

  • exist and relate in a collaborative and encouraging community

  • have ongoing real-life real-world educational experiences

  • feel secure in themselves and their environment

  • know how to be open and authentic with people from all walks of life

  • learn how to make agreements and keep their word

  • feel unlimited in their personal choices for future adult life