Bushwillow School Philosophy

Bushwillow is a Reggio-Emilia inspired school

Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy focused on pre- and primary school education originating from Italy and developed just after the Second World War. The approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community, letting children learn through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

What is our vision for Bushwillow School?

“Bushwillow School  offers a child-centred educational environment, which nurtures the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and moral intelligence of each child. This encourages a love for learning and enables the individual child to flourish and reach his/her unique potential.

Child directed learning by letting children shape part of the curriculum content and by helping them to set milestones for what they want to learn.

Creating and appreciating diversity by making our school accessible for low to high income families, and by nurturing an understanding of each other’s cultures and religions. 

Focusing on play by offering school exercises in a way that triggers each child’s imagination.

Focusing on art as a way for children to express their feelings. 

Providing Individualised exercises to meet each child’s level of competence and their style of learning.

Working in teams to develop skills in working together with others.  

Supply individual extra curricula support for children who need extra support in mastering basic foundational skills. 

Conducting physical outside activities such as gardeningwoodwork, harvesting honey and sports to build up physical skills.

Involving children in the school organisation to ensure that the school curriculum and facilities meet their needs.

Organising entrepreneurial activities to grow children’s sense of responsibility for managing their work.