To enable all children to reach their potential.
In the past 100 years, the world has flipped on its axis, yet our Early Learning Centres and schools have barely changed. At Woodlands, we’ve never accepted that status quo. Today’s children need new skills, such as the ability to reach across traditional academic disciplines and connect facts in new ways. And the ability to collaborate with peers and colleagues all over the world.
Early Learning Centres and Schools are historically rooted in the villages, towns and cities in which they are situated. Almost all are single-city, single-country institutions. They teach about matters beyond their boundaries, but they do not operate in any meaningful way outside them. Over time, some have evolved to serve “national communities.” Leading examples include England’s Eton, India’s Doon School, America’s Exeter and China’s Shanghai High. While these “national” schools teach about the larger world and include students from diverse locations, their operations still largely exist in one country and on a single campus.
If “local” Early Learning and schools are the first step in the evolution of education and “national” Early Learning and schools are the second step, the decades ahead are likely to bring the third step: global education. Thirty years from now there will likely be a number of such organizations. Woodlands plans to be the best of this new breed of global education—hence its subtitle: Learning everywhere.
Begin by thinking Woodlands Sunbury, Woodlands Trugnina, Woodlands Albert Park.
Think of Woodlands as one Ealry Learning Centre with many interconnected and interdependent campuses located in the world’s leading cities. It will not be a collection of different services all pursuing different educational strategies, but rather one highly integrated “learning community,” connected and supported by a common vision, a shared curriculum, collective professional development of its faculty, the wonders of modern technology and a highly talented headquarters team located here in Melbourne Australia.
Every brochure will say that today’s great Early Learning Centres and Schools must prepare students for global life. If the 20th century was dominated by American leadership, the 21st century will be, as one Chinese leader said, “a kitchen with many chefs.” Modern children must have more than a passing understanding of other cultures, speak other languages fluently and appreciate other histories.
Welcome to Woodlands: Learning everywhere.