Education lives by listening, dialogue and participation. Reggio believes that children are born capable and this 'image of the child' is central to the educative decision making. In Reggio, they see children as being born full of capabilities, not empty vessels we need to 'fill up'.
Children arrive at Early Learning as individuals with their own distinct identity. In Reggio Emilia, the child is understood to be strong, competent, full of resources and the constructor and co-constructor of their own knowledge and understanding. They join with other children and their teachers to create a learning community.
Teachers, coming from a strength-based approach, work to build relationships with children and get to know their motivations and learner profiles. With this base, teachers are then able to design curriculum that is responsive to each child’s needs.
Every day the children and teachers explore learning together through play, projects, visits and excursions, and specialist classes designed to inspire confidence, creativity, curiosity and a love of learning.
Learning is documented in a variety of ways which allow for teachers and children to revisit, reflect and build on their thinking. These may include photographs, video, physical displays and online communication.
Geelong College children are spontaneous, playful, energetic, loving, expressive, inquisitive, sensitive, honest, engaging, compassionate, generous, tenacious, free-spirited, curious, observant, clever, joyous, aware, spiritual, trusting, creative, and competent. They are unique.