Upgrade and Modernisation - Stage 1
About the project
As part of the merger of Katandra and Berendale schools, we are modernising the Berendale School campus.
This will include 2 new buildings that will house:
- art and science spaces
- a junior learning hub
- a middle-years learning hub.
These spaces will provide classrooms, resource intensive learning spaces, informal learning spaces, staff areas and amenities. The library will be relocated to the Integrated learning centre building. We will also refurbish the existing Block C to accommodate administration space.
About the merger
The merger will provide students and staff at both schools with greater opportunities including
- richer curriculum and subject offerings
- more specialist support staff
- improved facilities and recreation spaces
- an easier transition from primary school to secondary school.
Juliet Cooper has been appointed as foundation principal of Katandra-Berendale School (interim name).
The new school will be known as Katandra-Berendale School (interim name) until a formal naming process is complete.
In the 2022–23 State Budget, this project received at least $12.188 million. In the 2020–21 State Budget, the project received $500,000 for planning.
We held an information session about the school merger at Katandra School on Monday 29 August 2022.
We held a second information session about the school merger at Berendale School on Wednesday 30 November 2022. The session included a tour of the site.
Each junior classroom will have a quiet retreat space, accessible from the main classroom space. Middle-years students will have access to individual learning, informal learning and small-group spaces in the new buildings.
There will be a mix of toilet facilities, including accessible toilets.
There will be separate play areas for junior and senior students at the new campus.
Current busing arrangements for the two schools overlap. Arrangements for designated travel areas will continue. The Department will work with both schools to ensure transport services meet the needs of students.
The new campus offers good street access for students who walk to school or are dropped off by parents.
Zoning for students at both schools will not be affected by the merger. All existing enrolments will continue, and provision will be made for the siblings of existing students. The Berendale site will be able to accommodate enrolment growth in the future.
The schools will plan together during 2023 to ensure there is a seamless transition to the new, merged school. This includes planning for staff professional development and sharing ideas and resources.
Katandra students will remain at the Katandra site during construction in 2023. It is anticipated that all students will be learning on the Katandra-Berendale School (interim name) site in 2024.
Start and finish times
Student times for both schools are 9am to 3pm, which meets the current bus schedule. Start and finish times can be reviewed when the schools are merged, if necessary.
As a senior school, Berendale School does not currently offer an after-school care program. New arrangements will be explored for the merged junior school.
Katandra Berendale Special School (interim name) - Indicative site plan
This image shows the indicative site plan for the upgrade at Katandra Berendale Special School (interim name). The site is bordered by Berend Street, Seafoam Street and Dane Road.
Marked up on the plan is:
- Relocatable building
- Block B
- Block D - with library
- and site store
- Junior hub
- Middle years
- Steam centre
The plan shows a junior and middle play, indigenous steam garden near the new buildings.
There is also a hard court shown near the top right-hand corner of the school.
Upgrade and Modernisation – Berendale School
About the project
We delivered four new multipurpose teaching spaces as well as:
- a communal learning space for students
- a trade kitchen
- a home economics room
- an external deck area to allow for outdoor learning
- additional toilets.
In the 2016–17 State Budget, $2.48 million was allocated to the school.
Minor Capital Works Fund – Berendale School
About the project
We upgraded the fencing and gates around the school's perimeter.
In the 2020 Minor Capital Works Fund the school was allocated $180,165.
Reviewed 09 November 2023