Current Project - Sunshine Academy

Introduction


Our current project is the establishment of a free, values-based school in the Armadale area of Perth. It will cater for children from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 opening in 2025 with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classes. We are currently looking for suitable land on which to build the school.

Our Philosophy


Sunshine Academy will provide an integrated values-based education which enhances the overall development of children within a sound academic framework. By focusing on the five human values, this model of education crosses all barriers of caste, creed, religion, nationalities, geographies and races and is summarised as the three H's – Heart, Head and Hands. When the heart, or seat of truth, guides the head, which then instructs the hands it is possible to achieve a complete integrated personality.

This holistic approach will give our students the skills, confidence and self-awareness to navigate an ever-changing world and they will be able to develop to their full potential, all the while gaining a strong practical philosophy for living, which advocates that service, truthfulness and consideration for others can lead to a happy, fulfilled and effective life.

Vision

To be a centre for excellence in human values and a role model for values-based education

Mission

To provide a cohesive, values-based education for children and to work holistically with staff and families/carers to create a nurturing environment which will enable students to grow to their full potential.

The Five Human Values


We encourage our students to live the five human values

Use caring and respectful words, develop compassion, kindness, generosity and greatness of spirit, care for the environment, each other and ourselves.

Speak honestly and confidently, develop the power of reason, intuition and a sense of inquiry.

Develop respect, calmness, patience, forgiveness and self-control, value others, move without hurry.

Develop respect for society’s laws, other people and other cultures, accept responsibility, behave towards others as you would like others to behave towards you.

Refrain from hurtful words or actions, practise forbearance and tolerance towards others.

Premises and Facilities


Design Concept
The concept plan for the school has been developed based on an hexagonal format which has been inspired by a number of interesting features – the hexagonal shape best fills a plane with equal size units and leaves no wasted space and, as such, is the most common shape found in Nature; it is also considered very important in Sacred Geometry. This design has a pleasing aesthetic which will create a peaceful and pleasant environment in which to work and learn.

The committee is considering pre-fabrication as a simpler and more cost-effective method of construction. Pre-fabricated builds typically require less time to build than traditional ones. As construction of the modules would be off-site there would be less disruption to the existing classes. The school buildings will be developed in stages as per the plan below.

Stage 1: To include classrooms for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1; Administration offices including reception; Wellness Centre including First Aid room, Sensory Room and Reflection room (The Wellness Centre is an important part of supporting student behaviour and mental health); Kitchen and Dining area organised to enable meal service and staggered meal times to cater for different class groupings.

Stage 2: To include classrooms for Years 2 and 3; a general Staff meeting room; Support Services area for one-on-one (and some small group) counselling, remedial and special needs support, coaching in Maths, English etc., ‘Story Dog’ program for reluctant readers and Indigenous student support by local elders; Science laboratory; Art room; Multi-Purpose Hall in the centre of the complex for class activities, weekly whole school assemblies and formal events.

Stage 3: To include 2 blocks Classrooms for Years 4, 5 and 6; Resource/Library centre; Performing Arts centre (dance, drama, music); Cultural Hub for language learning and cross-cultural activities; parents and volunteers meeting room, IT hub; extra spaces for parent/community meetings etc; Amphitheatre – will be a valuable outdoor teaching and recreational space.