‘"The Connection Corridor’ connects students to Nature allowing outdoor learning and unstructured play with natural materials like logs, rocks, sand and mud.
It invites the teachers to be exposed to new resources and new ways of seeing the world around them through the eyes of the students in wonder.
… and it physically connects the junior and senior campuses via a forest of edible bush tucker, full of musical and visual experiences sharing aboriginal stories of the land on which we stand on.
Please join us in developing this dream…"
Connection Corridor Project Manager - P&C Member
Capalaba State College P&C approached Orterra to assist in developing a connection between the junior and senior campuses. This connection was to be not only to physical, but to connect the two communities and provide facilities for both campuses to use.
Orterra’s role in this project is to create places through this connection which the College community will take ownership of, develop and change. A place which can be incorporated into the teaching pedagogy of the College. Places which encourage teachers and staff to help engage the students in learning and connect to their surroundings.
This design for the Capalaba State College campus connection is based on current research into outdoor education and natural place spaces. Research has shown a strong correlation between children interacting with the natural environment and an increase in the physical, emotional and intellectual development of the child.
Nature play is defined by Nature Play Queensland, as any activity that gets children active or thinking actively outdoors, with the end goal of building skills and ability to play without the need for parental or adult control.
It has been developed through the input of students and staff from the college.
The design has several aims:
To create a connection between the junior college and senior college.
To develop a long term plan for the development of the college grounds over the next 10 years.
To enable staff to enhance student learning through the outdoor learning environments.
To support and assist the development of its students through learning and play.
To incorporate indigenous culture and history into the college grounds where appropriate.