A Day in the Life

Welcome to what a typical day in our learning environment might look like.
This is a composite view, and in reality, our days are even more dynamic.

We deliver tailored learning experiences to suit the needs of each individual child, to ensure that every student is developing wholly across all three key areas of social, emotional, and character development, cognitive development, and design and making capacity.

A Day In The Life of a Lumineer

8.00AM — 9.00AM

Morning Muster

We welcome our Lumineers on a rolling basis throughout the morning, because we know that every child and family’s morning routine is unique.

Our morning muster is designed to get all of our children energized, enthusiastic, and focused on the day ahead.
We gather at the beginning of the day in large, mixed age groups, and then we split off into smaller groups throughout the day, depending on the learning goal and context.

We’ll do activities like choreographing dances to express ourselves emotionally, play by constructing with found materials, and ground ourselves for learning through yoga and mindfulness exercises. We work to ensure that children are present and connected – emotionally, physically, and mentally – at the start of each day.

Student Toolbox

  • Mindfulness
  • Growth Mindset
  • Executive Functioning
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Human Being as a System
9.00AM — 10.00AM

Design and Invention Project Teams: Ideation Phase

All of our learning happens within a Learning Explorations Arc, which is a term long theme that ties together all of the student’s learning for that term.

Here, our children are working towards brainstorming ideas for a product they’re building. Within the design studios, they ideate and brainstorm using blue sky and first principles thinking. In the afternoon, they’ll take their design thinking into the makerspace.

Student Toolbox

  • Design Thinking
  • Brainstorming
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision Making Science
  • Non Violent Communications
  • Collaboration
  • Compounding Value
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Literacy
10.00AM — 10.45AM

Deep Dive into Core Skills: Numeracy and Statistics

We focus on delivering tailored learning experiences for our Lumineers, through our Teaching Partnership Model. Our educators spend time 1:1 or in small groups with our learners to develop core skills strengths, in literacy and numeracy.

Here, our educator is working with a small group of students to apply their algebra and quantitative skills to a real world engineering problem. We teach all core skills within an applied context, so that our Lumineers can immediately understand their purpose and meaning, enabling them to more effectively internalize learning.

Student Toolbox

  • Resilience
  • Focus
  • Growth Mindset
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Statistics and Probability
10.45AM — 12.00PM

Design and Invention Project Teams: Making and Building Phase

Our Learning Explorations integrate all of a student's learning into a hands on product, delivered for a real world audience with an authentic purpose. Our children spend over 50% of their time putting their ideas and their core skills of literacy and numeracy into action.

They engage in making and building, integrating their STEM skills with authentic empathy for a real world stakeholder, and deliver inventions that shapes the communities they inhabit.

Student Toolbox

  • Engineering
  • Cognitive Bias
  • Empathy
  • Persuasive Communications
  • Resilience
  • Growth Mindset
  • Opportunity Cost
  • Scientific Observation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Literacy
12.00PM — 12.45PM

Creative Expression Integrated into Learning Explorations

Midday is a great opportunity to take a break and synthesize morning learning through creative expression and physical engagement.
We integrate creative arts into our Learning Explorations Arcs, so as our Lumineers engage in music, they might be composing a piece of music to reflect what they're learning about their own emotional and physical well being. Or, if they're engaged in drama, they might be authoring a play that expands upon what they’ve been learning about human rights.

Student Toolbox

  • Creativity
  • Engaged Empathy
  • Expressiveness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Narrative and Storytelling
1.00PM — 1.45pm

Play & Wellbeing

A core part of our educational program is around cultivating in our children a sense of being a part of collective systems, like our school and civic society. We engage in physical education in the public facilities that are abundant in local community of Williamstown.

Alongside teaching core PE skills, we cultivate an understanding that community oriented recreation and sports are part of the fundamental fabric of a happy, well functioning society.

Student Toolbox

  • Human being as a system
  • Play
  • Collaboration
  • Well Being
1.45PM — 2.15PM

Community: Activators and Specialists

During a term long Learning Exploration, we’ll work with a half dozen different activators and specialists in the fields we’re studying to deliver authentic, real world learning to our Lumineers.

We’ve worked with nutritionists when we’ve crafted recipes, genetic research scientists when exploring the future of health tech, robotics engineers when building drones. Our goal is to make the boundaries between our academy and the community we inhabit as porous as possible.

Student Toolbox

  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Pattern Language
  • Collaboration
  • Relationship Management
2.15PM — 3.00PM

Deep Dive into Core Skills: Literacy and Inferential Thinking

Each of our students participates in smaller groups to focus on core skills learning throughout the day. These smaller groups deep dive into specific topical areas, to ensure that each of our students develop strength in core skills areas. In one such Literacy deep dive, our students are focusing on inferential thinking, to be able to draw more meaning and relevance from the reading they’re engaged in.

Student Toolbox

  • Inferential Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Analysis
  • Core Skill: Literacy
3.00PM — 3.30PM

RAFTS: School wide projects to benefit the community

RAFTS are school wide activities that we undertake for the benefit of the community or the whole school. Why do we call it RAFTS? A raft symbolizes a group dependent task, because a group of people need to build a raft, typically from found materials, and stick together as a cohesive whole to keep it from toppling over. A raft is also something that moves down a river, which is a force of life and a place that communities are built upon.

Our RAFTS projects are also an exciting opportunity for older students to mentor younger students and demonstrate their leadership opportunities. Examples of RAFTS would be when we worked together to rehabilitate a nearby neighborhood park, and when we banded together to create therapeutic care packages for recently arrived immigrant children in Melbourne’s Inner West community.

Student Toolbox

  • Executive Functioning Mastery
  • Focus and Self Direction
  • Playfulness
  • Project Management
  • Leadership