Maridahdi set to open bayside school in 2020

INDEPENDENT: Students at the bayside Maridahdi school would not have set class times or school uniforms.
INDEPENDENT: Students at the bayside Maridahdi school would not have set class times or school uniforms.

A TOOWOOMBA independent school that has had its sights set on opening a bayside campus for two years is looking to open at the beginning of 2020.

The new school would adhere to the curriculum and philosophy of Maridahdi Early Childhood Community School in Toowoomba, which caters for Kindergarten to Year 6 students.

The Wynnum campus would initially cater for students between prep and Year 3.

A Maridahdi spokesperson said the school delivered the national curriculum but approached education in a different manner to many other schools.

"(We) believe that children are capable and confident learners who are intrinsically motivated," the spokesperson said.

"Therefore, children at Maridahdi don't have specific class times for specific subjects. In fact, children will often be working on completely different projects simultaneously."

Maridahdi principal and founder Louis Bradfield said it was important for children to explore the tension between freedom and discipline.

Students have no uniform and no strict class or lunch times and could move around the school and work with students in a different class or year level.

The Maridahdi school in Toowoomba has been operating for 14 years, with its first graduates finishing Grade 12 in 2018.

The school was opened after parents expressed concerns about increasingly formalised, structured schooling options for young children.

The proposed new school is holding an information evening at Wynnum Library, 7pm on June 13.

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