“What School Could Be” Student Screening and School Design Workshop

On Monday 20 May 2019, the Gonski Institute for Education held two screenings of Ted Dintersmith’s award-winning documentary Most Likely to Succeed for close to 400 primary and secondary school students at UNSW Kensington campus. The film, which looks at innovative approaches to what school could be, was followed by an interactive session where students were encouraged to design a poster depicting their ideal school, using the themes from the documentary. During this exercise, students were encouraged to consider:

  • the purpose of their school.
  • the subjects, if any, that would be offered.
  • the skills that will be taught and how this will be done.
  • the measures of success and student learning. Would their school have grades? or NAPLAN?
  • the spaces (rooms and outdoor spaces) that would exist at their ideal school, and the supplies, decorations, technology that would be available.

Many excellent ideas for revolutionary, student-centred schools were identified and discussed. 

The Gonski Institute for Education is passionate about giving student’s a voice. Thank you to all who attended the screenings and made the day such a success, in particular the following schools:

  • Malabar Public School
  • La Perouse Public School
  • Woollahra Public School
  • Bonnyrigg Public School
  • Randwick Boys’ High School
  • St Luke’s Grammar School
  • Matraville Sports High School
  • Liverpool Boys’ High School
  • Burwood Girls’ High School
  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt


View our photos on What School Should Be.