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Innovative award winner three years running

Saint Stephen’s College has been named a top innovative school in the nation for the third year running.

Headmaster Jamie Dorrington said it was a significant achievement as only 40 schools from across Australia made The Educator Innovative Schools report.

“This national recognition is a direct outcome of the dedicated and visionary staff at Saint Stephen’s College, including our eLearning team,” said Dr Dorrington.

The Educator magazine said: “…a plethora of submissions poured in from schools across the country, bringing to our attention some truly inspiring work being undertaken to equip students with the tools that will help them to face a world vastly di­fferent to the one we currently know.

“The volume and quality of entries received made selecting 40 schools to profile an arduous task and spoke to the depth of innovation currently being undertaken in Australian schools. But after a difficult assessment, The Educator narrowed down the field to 40 schools that are worthy of special recognition.

“It must be emphasised, however, that the outstanding work detailed is only a snapshot of the pioneering efforts being made in schools across the country.”

Dr Dorrington says the College is leading the way in developing a personalised learning environment.

“A typical day at Saint Stephen’s involves technology-enhanced learning of an innovative curriculum, delivered through multiple pedagogies, with support from dedicated learning instructors in contemporary learning spaces.

“Saint Stephen’s College’s physical environment caters for multi-modal learning, where technology works seamlessly with human interaction.

“While many schools have one amazing learning space, we have many refurbished and new settings. We are one of only 13 Microsoft Showcase Schools in Australia, a recognition that allows students access to education leaders from across the world.”

Saint Stephen’s is the only Kindergarten to Year 12 school to make the top 40 list.