We are thrilled to announce that Lauriston Girls’ School has been named as one of Australia’s top 2020 Innovative Schools. This special report by The Educator magazine recognises schools around Australia at the cutting edge of change and innovation.

Read about it here: Innovative Schools 2020 Winners

Lauriston has been selected for its new “future-focused” electives program being offered across Years 7, 8 and 10 for 2021. This new program broadens choices and enables students to pursue and develop individual interests and strengths while adapting to the needs of current and future work environments. Access to a comprehensive technology curriculum gives our students the skills to engage, adapt and continuously learn, and the choice of VCE or IB pathways to accommodate for different ways of learning.

Some of the new electives on offer include ‘Fail Fast, Fail Forward’, named after the philosophy that drives students at Lauriston Girls’ School to use failure as a way of extending their creative minds and looking to the future. This elective teaches students how to use rapid prototyping to move through the engineering design process using technology in our digital fabrication lab. Whether they want to be really technical or if they want to employ that creativity, it shows them what careers are available and that they absolutely are capable.

Other subjects include the Year 8 elective ‘Technology: Make the Machines’, which teaches students the basics of sensors and micro-bit coding to make a simple robot while tackling the ethics of artificial intelligence.

In year 9, students cover cybersecurity, cryptography, coding and design thinking.

Year 10 students can take STEM subjects ‘Aviation and Space Science: We Can Soar’ and ‘Systems Engineering: Systems to Society’, an introduction to automation. There’s also the ICT elective ‘How To Build an Empire’ that covers web and mobile app development.

Combining theory and knowledge with experiential hands-on learning, the subjects are taught using the facilities and technology in Lauriston’s FabLab, developed in partnership with Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Aligning elements of creativity, technology, design-thinking and entrepreneurialism, the curriculum addresses the concern that girls are less likely to choose tertiary studies and careers related to STEM.

We are delighted to be recognised for our efforts in making our students “future ready” by providing them with the skillsets, toolsets and mindsets to thrive in a digital society.

See HERE for more about our Senior College offerings and opportunities, including our new LaunchPad program created in collaboration with renowned psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.