What a future-focused award-winning school looks like.

Imagine being given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit educational experts and ground-breaking innovative schools around the world. To gather insights and design thinking and apply best practice to rebuild your school in the most innovative way imaginable.

Former Principal now educational consultant, Sandra Jenkins' parting legacy to a 50-year career in teaching, is an award-winning one-of-a-kind school. Passionate about supporting personalised learning through a future-focused pedagogy, she's broken the mould. 

The floor, stairs, tables and chairs - anywhere and everywhere is a space for learning.

Picture this, a large open learning environment with two teaching staff and 60 students. Small groups of students are sitting under tables surrounded by stools, a larger group congregates in a cubby house discussing and sharing ideas with their teacher. Three girls sit on the cool kitchen linoleum floor comparing notes - it is a very hot day, so they have the right idea. A few sit at desks and chairs, but the desks' surfaces are writeable whiteboard and the chairs ergonomic.

Children love enclosed, 'cave' spaces, and this purpose built treehouse is no exception.

Sitting, lying, in a cave or at a table, every space is a learning space here. These students may all learn in different ways and in different locations, nevertheless they all have two things in common – unquestionable engagement and self-management. Welcome to the award-winning Freeman’s Bay Primary School - it may be filled with treehouses and an indoor slide, however the pedagogy is anything but child’s play.

Former Principal Sandra Jenkins explains the design thinking behind Freemans Bay Primary School's learning spaces.

“there were some key principals that I wanted to bring into the design, and I was very lucky that the Ministry of Education, architects RTA Studios, and the school board at the time, were prepared to take some risks, push the envelope and be innovative in the design.”

Sandra Jenkins - Former Principal at Freemans Bay Primary School, NZ