Aurora Principles

Our Community Principle

Reciprocal relationships are an integral influencer of learner success. Learning is a deeply personal, social, and emotional process.

At Aurora, we value and build on the knowledge and experiences that children bring with them. We harness the power of social learning. We actively develop the capacity to learn collaboratively with diverse teams. We make relationship-building a key element in our Learning Ecosystem.

Our Ownership Principle

As humans, we are all capable and competent. Everyone can learn how to learn; everyone learns differently, and everyone has the right and responsibility to learn…and to own their own learning. At Aurora, we aim to empower our children and are therefore inclusive as a matter of our identity. We proactively build a diverse community of learners with different learning profiles. We see learning to learn as a key element in our learning system, for children and adults.

Our Environment Principle

We believe the environment to be the third teacher. In an empowering environment, children have the agency to create and act on their own ideas, develop knowledge and skills in areas that interest them. At Aurora, we are intentional in designing the physical environment to serve as ‘the third teacher’, enabling children to make decisions and judgements on matters that relate to them.

Our Inquiry Principle

As humans, we are naturally curious. We learn through a lifelong process of wondering, questioning, exploring, and investigation.

At Aurora, we see conceptual learning as a continuous ‘spiral’ of connecting, constructing, and contributing. This enables us to build theories that expand our understanding of the world we live in. We learn by making connections, with our prior knowledge, across disciplines and between our school and authentic real-world contexts.