“What we want to see is the child, in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child” – George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of G.B.S.
Learning is what we humans do best and we have been doing it since the beginning of the world and over the centuries. We learn throughout our lives by wondering and exploring, experiencing and playing. North Geelong SC is about harnessing and cultivating that overwhelming drive in learners; the drive to know, understand, and engage in the world and its ideas.
The philosopher Cicero defined curiosity as a love of knowledge without the lure of profit, in other words, an intrinsic passion to know. Aristotle claimed that the desire to know is among the deepest human urges, and Francis Crick, the Noble Prize-winning scientist who discovered the DNA structure, was often described as childlike in his curiosity.
Curiosity has been hailed as the major impetus behind cognitive development, education, and scientific discovery. It is the drive that brings learners to knowledge. Curiosity is about being aware and open, checking things out, experimenting, and interacting within one’s surroundings. In our classrooms, teaching and learning spaces, indoor and outdoor, on a daily basis, our teachers endeavour to gain the unique opportunity of being able to mine students’ deepest held wonder, making their attention natural and effortless, and allowing them to fully engage with their learning. Creating the conditions for curiosity and tailoring programs to student individual needs allow us to achieve more authentic motivation from both teachers and students, leading to a much deeper learning.
Latest evidence based programs are offered to our students, creating learning communities that enable curiosity amongst likeminded teenagers to engage in their own learning. Programs such as: SEAL, wide VCE program, VCAL mainstream and EAL VCAL programs, Scholarships, Student Leadership, Excellence in Sports (Soccer and Football), STEM, Foundation VCAL for Year 10 students, ACE, STAR, Performing Arts and an array of extracurricular programs enable our students to feed their curiosity and gain skills that will support them in their future pathways.