If discovering more about Australia’s unique indigenous culture, exploring new worlds or watching the potential future stars of tomorrow tickles your fancy, then make sure to get along to Greater Springfield’s most exciting new event.

The inaugural Greater Springfield Festival of Learning held recently featured more than 50 public and closed events across six days, showcasing the best of what our Learning City has to offer.

The Festival provided Greater Springfield students the opportunity to participate in a myriad of events and workshops held across the city’s different schools, on topics as diverse as Lego, drones and technology, literacy, song and dance.

Some of the Festival’s key community events included an Embedding Indigenous Knowledges Workshop, an entrepreneur pitching competition, a Mount Kent Observatory Presentation and Night-Sky Viewing and a Rising Stars talent show.

The Festival is a significant undertaking for the newly formed Greater Springfield Learning Coalition which consists of 11 schools and the Springfield City Group.

Coalition Chairman and Springfield City Group EGM, Dr Richard Eden said the event served to highlight what could be achieved when schools lowered boundaries and collaborated for the benefit of all students.

“The concept of public and private schools working together to host a festival of this magnitude is new and demonstrates how Greater Springfield truly is a Learning City with a focus on life-long learning,” Dr Eden said.

“We enjoyed a fabulous week showcasing, celebrating and engaging in learning, meeting new people, seeing new things, while showing how it feels to truly belong to a Learning City.”

Greater Springfield prides itself in providing world-class education from kindergarten to university to employment and the city’s 11 schools currently service more than a quarter of the 40,000 plus population across six suburbs.

With epic growth predicted in the coming decades, initiatives such as the Learning Coalition are part of the city’s plan to support and accommodate demand for top education facilities long into the future.

Springfield Central State School Principal Angela Gooley said it was exciting to be a part of collective focused on providing the best learning outcomes for the city’s student cohort and to see the festival come to life.

“We are already seeing the benefits of the collaboration of all our schools working together to put on this very special festival for our students and the whole community,” Mrs Gooley said.

“We will be working on many other combined projects in the coming years to further benefit learning in Greater Springfield.”

The Greater Springfield Learning Coalition’s Festival of Learning was held between 21-26 October, with the opening designed to fall on the Pupil Free Day Monday 21 October.

To find out more about the Festival of Learning and the week-long program of events, visit http://gslearningcoalition.com.au/

To check out the promo video, search Learning Coalition Greater Springfield on YouTube or visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xkwPFxLLMU