Studio Curious

Introducing Studio Curious

Catholic Education Western Australia and Knowledge Society are working together to spark a curiosity revolution. Studio Curious, our new initiative, is designed to provide educators with the permission and confidence to create change; promote knowledge of evidence-based best practice in education; and encourage new connections. The project draws on the wisdom of the 2000-year-old Catholic education tradition.

What is Studio Curious?

The demands on education in the twenty-first century are unprecedented. In some quarters, parental expectations and engagement have never been higher, while in others the absence of parental engagement is leading to a gap in opportunities for our students. New technology, changes to information flows, and automation are changing our lives. But classroom education still looks very much like it did in the nineteenth century.

Catholic Education Western Australia has partnered with Knowledge Society to create a space, a process and the right mindsets to innovate and build the capacity to adapt for the demands of the twenty-first century.

Studio Curious combines a beautiful, fit-for-purpose space with a rigorous and creative transformation process. It includes a three-month innovation accelerator, where participants will practice design thinking, a proven discipline for realising ideas and solving problems. The program will endow our community – teachers, principals and other staff – with the knowledge and agency to shape the future of Catholic education. ‘The Studio’ is based at the Catholic Education office at Leederville.

The four Cs

The Studio Curious program’s design framework is built on four key elements of Catholic Education Western Australia’s radical transformation process:

Curiosity – How richly are we engaged with the world outside school and the world of tomorrow? How curious are we about other countries’ approaches to education? How hungry are we for new ways to do things better?

Confidence – Do we have the confidence to evaluate changes that need to be made? Do we have the confidence in our skills to make these changes? Do we have the confidence to drive improvement and innovation in the classroom, in the school and in the system?

Catholic – Do we have specific strategies to help realise the holistic Catholic vision of education – the life of the mind, of the soul, of the body and the self in community? Are we prepared to reinvent existing resources to achieve this?

Connections – Are we building or taking advantage of local, national and global collaborative networks that could help produce better learning outcomes for students? Are we working collaboratively between every classroom and every school?

Design thinking

Studio Curious practices and facilitates design thinking, a proven discipline for realising ideas and solving problems. Design thinking is about observing the needs of real people and the solutions they desire. It allows thinkers to explore the multiple pathways that might lead to the right answer. Disciplined but flexible, design thinking is a more creative and thoughtful way of bringing ideas to life. We prototype and test, learning as we go.


The Design Thinking Accelerator

From August through to November, a diverse group of forty participants convened once a fortnight at the Studio at Leederville to learn and apply design-thinking principles to the Catholic education system in Western Australia. Over twelve weeks, these teachers, principals and CEWA staff have worked together to identify the challenges our community is facing, to build empathy, and to ideate and design prototypes of initiatives to improve the system and equip teachers and students alike with the skills required to face the twenty-first century with confidence, compassion and resilience.

 Read more about the prototypes

The cohort

In July, we received nearly three hundred applications from staff members of all positions, experience levels and locations. It was a privilege to discover the many ways in which staff members across the state are engaging with their curiosity and making a commitment to innovation, both in their personal lives and in their communities. We would like to acknowledge the courage, generosity and effort it took for all applicants to put themselves forward and apply for the Accelerator.

The quality of the submissions was overwhelming, and made selecting a group of forty that best demonstrated curiosity, creativity, initiative and diversity in Catholic education incredibly difficult. There were many deserving applicants who did not secure a place but whose contributions to Catholic Education Western Australia are still incredibly important and appreciated.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the following successful Accelerator program applicants:

Arran Jodah, Science Teacher, Nagle Catholic College, Geraldton

Natasha Quinn, Deputy Principal, St Norbert College, Queens Park

Linda Stade, Research Officer, Santa Maria College, Attadale

Caroline Payne, Principal, Corpus Christi College, Bateman

Claire Nunes, Year 5 Teacher, Mater Christi Catholic Primary School, Yangebup

Lisa Wolfe, Acting Head of Department, Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef

Daine Burnett, Principal, St Pius X Catholic Primary School, Manning

Sharon Davis, Aboriginal Education Team Leader, CEWA, Leederville

Dan Wood, Principal, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Nollamara

Vicki Buchanan, Teacher (RE and Social Science), Iona Presentation College, Mosman Park

Anita O’Donohue, Deputy Principal, Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook

Lynn Tomlinson, Year 6 Teacher, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Fremantle

Kevin Sheehy, Principal, St John Bosco College, Piara Waters

Gemma Thomson, Secondary Teacher, Sacred Heart College, Sorrento

Nicole Burrows, Assistant Principal, Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay

Greg Martin, Principal, St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, South Perth

Alison Barker, Assistant LAC Teacher, La Salle College, Middle Swan

Grant Haggerty, HOLA – Industrial Design and Technology, Aquinas College, Salter Point

Karmela Messineo, Principal, St Vincent’s Primary School, Parmelia

Kate Bovell, Cert II Creative Industries and Work Place Learning Teacher, Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury

Nancy Bonfiglio, Deputy Principal, Irene McCormack Catholic College, Butler

Kate Dunstan, Year 5 Teacher, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Hilton

John Finneran, Principal, Newman College, Churchlands

Katherine Kelly, Teacher, Clontarf Aboriginal College, Waterford

Marriann O’Neill, Deputy Principal, CBC Fremantle, Fremantle

Michael Morris, Year 1 Teacher/ICT coordinator/PD facilitator, Brighton Catholic Primary School, Butler

Donna O’Hara, Director, CEWA, Leederville

Lisa Gallin, Assistant Principal, St Joseph’s School, Waroona

Melissa Myles, Year 3 Classroom Teacher, Infant Jesus School, Morley

Lucie Rice, Deputy Principal, Sacred Heart College, Sorrento

Michael Graffin, Digital Technologies Coach and Robotics Teacher, Iona Presentation Primary School, Mosman Park

Michelle Lloyd, SSC, CEWA, Leederville

Robyn Miller, Principal, Kolbe Catholic College, Rockingham

Wayne Cowie, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, St Mary MacKillop College, Busselton

Santino Giancono, Principal, Salvado Catholic College, Byford

Matthew Edwards, Teacher/Head of Year 12, Mandurah Catholic College, Mandurah

Gabrielle Doyle, Director, CEWA, Leederville

Vincent Restifo, Teacher (Religious Education), Campus Ministry Team Member, Chisholm Catholic College, Bedford

Sharon Le Ray, Assistant Deputy Principal (Curriculum), Seton Catholic College, Samson

Sue Bursey, Principal, St Clare’s School, Lathlain


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