Imagine an inspiring learning space with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and resources. A building that is fresh, flexible and designed for our students and community to learn and study together, across multiple campuses.
This is the plan for BSN Connect – to act as a hub, a welcoming ‘mothership’ for unique learning experiences. It could contain innovative spaces that move learning from expert delivery to individual study and then onto collaborative work and the professional delivery of opinion and knowledge. There could be a professional theatre, exhibition spaces and a food-hall.
Inspiration 1: An International Community Platform event in the Haagse Hogeschool Delft – a well lit, functional, flexible space
Learning together and building wider connections creates greater opportunities for successful learning outcomes; BSN Connect will be a beacon where this can happen through both timetabled lessons and co-curricular events for all BSN students.
Inspiration 2: The Learning Commons at Devonport High School for Boys – more than a library
We asked students what they would like to see inside BSN Connect and they didn’t disappoint with their ingenious and imaginative ideas. Suggestions included:
- A multi-purpose theatre – even better if it could be an amphitheatre;
- A 360 degree surround teaching space so the pupils could view 3D Hologram type interactive projected images e.g. when studying Earth & Space would be able to have a planet suspended so everyone could see it in 3D. Or when studying Tudor times it would immerse you in a Tudor scene;
- TV type studio complete with green screen like the use for weather forecasts or CGI effects in movies. Also the capability of recording shows, and news reports;.
- Swimming pool – of competition standard;
- Virtual reality suite;
- Sports Science facilities with cutting edge training equipment;
- Observatory / planetarium type projection theatre & telescope for astronomy and space studies;
- Technology labs capable of 3D printing through to most up to date architectural techniques and systems;
- Meeting / conference rooms with table top touch-screens.
Inspiration 3: A full ground floor plan from a Year 5 student at Junior School Diamanthorst
Other ideas from students included:
- A zoo
- ‘A room you can go crazy in’
- A 24/7 hub for sixth formers to revise in whenever they want
All potentially feasible! A maker space for robotics could give students the resources to make their own robots whilst learning about technology and engineering. ‘Beardy’, Junior School Leidschenveen’s bearded dragon is a firm favourite and could find a home in BSN Connect alongside other animals. Our older students have already expressed excitement at the idea of an out-of-hours learning space to research, revise and do homework together. State-of-the-art resources in one location could ensure that every BSN student will benefit from the most innovative, cutting-edge educational environment possible.
Imaginative ideas are welcome at this early stage of planning; the only proviso is that what happens inside BSN Connect is grounded in solid curriculum-driven principles to improve learning outcomes. Our headteachers are already considering how they might use such an exciting facility.
Not just for students!
Although BSN Connect is first and foremost for our students, it will also provide opportunities for our staff, parents and the wider community. Research rooms for colleagues to explore new developments in pedagogy before bringing them to the classroom will mean our staff can confidently introduce new ways of learning that have been tried and tested. Parents and businesses will also be welcome to deliver seminars, masterclasses and workshops on a range of subjects to introduce students to their areas of expertise and support them in their career choices.
We asked colleagues via our Pulse software to post ideas about how BSN could add to learning:
Where will it be?
The BSN owns a building on Tarwekamp Road in the Mariahoeve area of The Hague. It’s a great location, close to our Junior Schools at Diamanthorst and Vlaskamp and a 10 minute cycle ride from the centre of the city. Connect will also provide a new home for The BSN Language Centre, making it more accessible for our business and international community who would like to learn Dutch or English in a more central location.
With Kraaijvanger Architects on board to lead the project, the wheels are in motion for a planned 2018 opening; we are looking forward to sharing more updates throughout 2017.