ABOUT THE PROJECT
Prahran High School will be a co-educational secondary school for 650 students. The school will open in Term 1, 2019 with its first Year 7 students.
We’re building this innovative, vertical school next to an existing educational precinct that includes Melbourne Polytechnic and the National Institute of Circus Arts.
A New School Planning Group, NSPG, made up of parents, educational experts, project planners and representatives of the community, oversees design and development.
Their first task was creating an ‘education specification’ – a vision defining what kind of school the community and Education Department want.
The vision is for a co-educational school for Years 7-12 with a full spectrum of facilities. It highlights that inclusivity should be a focus of the design as well as the use of suitable technologies. The school should explore learning opportunities by collaborating with the established educational precinct, arts community and local commercial organisations. The school will also consider how it could share its facilities with the wider community.
The architects used the education specification to design the school’s master plan.
Prahran High School will be a modern and exciting place to learn.
It will feature an open atrium at the centre of the building, contemporary teaching areas, a main performance space and outdoor terraces on every level.
A series of cascading bleachers (tiered seating with stairs) will connect the various levels, allowing easy circulation and promoting social interaction and physical exercise. All levels also have lifts to ensure accessibility for all.
Library, Music and Drama facilities on the ground floor will fully utilise the large ceiling heights.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 will house the Science, Art and Food Technology spaces, taking advantage of the northern aspect with access to the outdoor learning terraces.
General learning, ICT and break-out areas will be incorporated throughout the building.
There will be a gym on level 3 with direct access to a large outdoor recreational zone that includes a rebound court, running track and protective netting.
A rooftop play area with trees and a garden will give students space for passive recreation, and there is also a lane that can be activated for play during school hours.
A key priority for the architects has been the acoustic performance of the building to minimise noise for surrounding residents.
The school’s main entry will be from High Street, with an additional St John Street entrance open during peak periods. To ensure student and staff safety, the building design includes security measures such as surveillance equipment, a 1.8m fence and entry swipe cards or keypad.
Bike storage has been built into the design, with the school located near multiple bike paths. There will be no onsite parking spaces, encouraging staff and students to use the numerous convenient public transport options. A few parking spaces on St John and Thomas streets will be dedicated for school drop off and pick up at the beginning and end of the school day.
Gray Puksand are designing this project.
Kane Constructions are building this project.
Nathan Chisholm is principal of the new Prahran High School. One of his first tasks will be liaising with the local community to better inform them about the school and its educational ambitions.
Details on how to enrol your child will be published in 2018.
The principal will work with the school council to develop an enrolment plan. The initial enrolment will be for Year 7 only.
Primary schools are responsible for ensuring each Year 6 student has a place in a secondary school for Year 7, and will provide parents with application documents.
They will begin this process for Prahran High School enrolments in May 2018, with help from the Department of Education and Training's South East Victoria Regional Office.
Policies on enrolment , placement, and admission are available on the Department of Education and Training website