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At Novoschool young people are at the centre of our community. This is a school designed for the individual to find their voice, understand their own learning, and what the opportunities are for them to contribute to the world in a positive way.

Novoschool Mission

For Curious Learners

The goals of Novoschool are:

  1. To provide a progressive and boutique approach for Year 7-12 learners in the  Newcastle area.

  2. By using alternative frameworks while still complying with NESA requirements, multidisciplinary approaches and portfolio demonstrations of learning will provide an engaging environment for learners.

  3. A high priority on experiential learning will have learners undertake real world learning outside of the classroom on a frequent basis. This will include regular excursions and internships.

  4. Personalised Learning Plans, along with low teacher-student ratios (1:20), will allow for greater engagement and efficiency of learning for young people.

  5. Novoschool will assist each learner to discover who they are, where they want to go, and how they can contribute to their community and the wider world in a positive way.

Our Philosophy

The Novoschool Educational Philosophy is built on the following pillars:

  1. All young people are capable of learning.

  2. All young people can be enthusiastic learners when provided with the right environment and sufficient autonomy.

  3. You don’t know what you don’t know - and therefore educators have an important role in helping learners uncover the curriculum in the learning journey.

A Message from the Founder

For over 25 years now I have been involved in innovating education as a high school teacher and school leader in Australia and overseas. My experiences have let me connect, visit, learn and understand some of the most innovative and leading schools around the world. Novoschool has been designed to be an exciting option for curious learners in the amazing city of Newcastle. It has been exciting to see the growth of this city, and it is my plan to add to the opportunities to be found and I believe Newcastle is the right place for a progressive, deliberately small, school. 

Education is most efficient when the young person connects with those around them, and with what they are learning. With small class sizes, greater student voice in their learning journey, and approaching information in new ways, Novoschool will appeal to the curious learner, and help them become the person they want to be.
With a small team of passionate educators and advisors, we have taken the best ideas from Finland, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, the UK and across Australia to design what will be an engaging place to learn and develop.

By creating a community, with longer opening hours to fit a family's needs, included meals provided to ensure proper nutrition with minimal stress, and an amazing location to learn throughout the city, Novoschool will give the learner a great environment to follow their passions.

I encourage you to reach out to find out more about Novoschool, and how we can help make a difference to learning in Newcastle.

David Chapman
Principal and Founder of Novoschool
BA, Grad Dip Ed, MA

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