Margaret Hendry School students working on whiteboards

Margaret Hendry School offers a glimpse of the future of education in Canberra.

05 February 2019

Canberra’s newest public school has opened its doors, offering a glimpse of the future of education in Canberra.

Margaret Hendry School is a brand-new, state-of-the-art learning space in the Gungahlin suburb of Taylor and caters for students from preschool to year 6. It offers an innovative learning environment built around open learning areas and outdoor spaces.

The use of multi-age classes reflects a commitment to personalised learning that is implemented across the school. Teaching staff, also known as ‘learning coaches’ work collaboratively within and across the multi-age learning communities to design, implement, assess and report on children’s development and learning outcomes.

Principal Kate Woods said her focus is on nurturing the development of an inclusive and connected community.

“My priority is to connect everyone to the Margaret Hendry School Community through our four pillars for learning – Grow, Collaborate, Connect, Love. Together we will determine the school culture and define who we are as individuals and how we are together,” she said.

The school was named by the community in honour of landscape architect Margaret Hendry OAM, whose designs helped shape Canberra.

Margaret Hendry School has capacity to eventually educate more than 700 children from Taylor, Moncrieff and the future stages of Jacka.

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