Upgrade and Modernisation
About the project
We are upgrading and modernising the school.
- refurbishing the library, classrooms and informal learning spaces to the north wing
- new administration
- new entry and reception area and staff spaces
This ensures students are learning in an environment designed for delivering modern education.
In the 2021–22 State Budget, the school received $10 million.
How were the upgrade facilities determined?
We worked with school leaders to develop a masterplan, which separates the needs of the school into individual stages.
The masterplan ensures the school continues to receive fair consideration through the school capital works program.
Why are some elements of the plan not included in this round of works?
Due to increased building costs, elements of the school’s masterplan have been removed from the works at this time. This includes the proposed refurbishment of classrooms in the south-wing of the main block.
Will they be included in the future?
We will work closely with the school to ensure that the south-wing works are considered in future plans for the school.
What will the new classrooms look like?
The new classrooms will offer spaces for flexible learning activities and group sizes.
Glass windows and doors will allow views between formal and informal classroom spaces, including outdoor learning areas.
These glass windows and the original high classroom ceilings will provide natural light and air flow.
Why are you building open-plan learning and glass ‘learning communities’?
We design new spaces with our experts to cater for the learning needs and abilities of all students.
Learning communities are large buildings made up of flexible spaces that teachers can use in different ways. They may use doors, movable walls or furniture to create spaces that suit different learning needs.
Glass doors and walls allow teachers to provide constant supervision and to communicate with one another to maximise learning.
How is distraction managed by teachers?
Teachers play an integral part in managing any distraction that might affect their students’ learning in the classroom.
Students will be taught to use the new spaces through respectful classroom behaviour.
What was considered in the project’s design?
Williams Boag Architects have selected materials and colours to blend the design of the refurbished main block with the existing building.
Landscape work will create entry paths surrounded by indigenous and native trees. It will provide a welcoming gathering space for community members to meet.
Will the Goonawarra swan be retained?
The new administration entry foyer is a fully accessible and secure space that connects to the general office and library. The historic mosaic mural of the Goonawarra swan will be kept and will be located above the door to the library.
Inclusive Schools Fund
About the project
We built an innovative and inclusive playground with all-abilities equipment for students to use.
In 2018, $200,000 was allocated to the school in Round 4 of the Inclusive Schools Fund.
Reviewed 13 December 2022