The Victorian Government committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026.
This includes a new primary school in North Melbourne, to meet the needs of the area’s growing population.
Located on Molesworth Street, North Melbourne, the innovative new vertical school will be a campus of North Melbourne Primary School, opening in 2023.
Expanding the capacity of North Melbourne Primary School will enable it to cater for significant enrolment growth over the coming years, and to offer a superb education to all local students.
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North Melbourne Primary School’s new campus is located in Boon Wurrung country. Our design team worked with N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, a Boon Wurrung Elder, founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation and cultural consultant. To help students develop an understanding of our connection to the land, each campus level has a special theme and colour. We have based the themes on Carolyn’s books, Bundjil Creation Story and Barraeemal Story. This wayfinding method will also assist students to find their way around easily. Campus level themes and coloursLower ground: Teerrendeerr Emu’s egg (blue)Ground: Wominjeka Welcome (green)Level 1: Wilam Home (pink)Level 2: Wurneet Waterways (green)Level 3: Biik Biik Land (ochre) Level 4: Wurru Sky (blue) Level 5: Bundjil Eagle (orange)
We are building a
campus designed to engage all students with connected, inclusive, and adaptable spaces that support 21st
century teaching and learning approaches.
The campus will comprise a six-storey tower near the eastern corner of the site, connected to
a community hub. This layout will enable us to create a large outdoor learning
and play space on ground level and another on the gymnasium roof.
The community hub has a music room and
a performance and presentation zone. It will also have a gymnasium designed for
basketball, netball and many other functions.
On ground level, the reception, administration and
library are the welcome zone. This zone together with the level 1 specialist
areas and landscaped roof top form the heart of the campus.
The teaching and learning environments
on levels 2, 3 and 4 share a similar design.
They have a learning neighbourhood
with three general purpose classrooms at each end.
neighbourhoods open onto shared learning areas, (commons).
have a mini library and branch off to quiet learning spaces,
consultation rooms and maker spaces.
are also building a kindergarten for three and four-year-old children on level 5.
spaces are inclusive with an equal and integrated circulation path inside and
travel through the campus, there is a large, central staircase and a lift for
anyone requiring it.
indoor learning environments are integrated with the outdoor learning and play
arrangement will enable the school to provide diverse programs.
benefit from the many different experiences on offer such as sports,
recreation, outdoor learning, events, and performance along with active, nature
and sensory play.
to find out more? Take our virtual tour and explore the architectural diagram.
The campus is designed to support current teaching and learning approaches and to adapt to meet changing needs. All indoor and outdoor spaces are multipurpose. This will help us meet the varying student learning styles, abilities, interests and personality types. Flexible featuresThe performance zone has a music room that can turn into a stage. Simply open the retractable walls to reveal a space with tiered seating. Things like performances, meetings and presentations will work well here. We are building a landscaped outdoor space on the gymnasium roof top next to level 1. It has a kitchen garden and is near the canteen. Some possible uses are outdoor learning, physical education, and active and age-group based outdoor play. Learning commons can host activities such as group meetings, story time and social interaction. Or if you’re looking for a space for quiet reflection, reading or small group activities, check out the breakout spaces. You’ll find all of these on levels 2, 3 and 4. Spaces off the staircase on each level (welcome landings), perform many roles.
Here students gather before and after class, view work displays, access their bag storage and pass through to get to other places.
The new campus is located 350 metres from North Melbourne Primary School.
Its unique, triangular site is bordered by Molesworth Street, Hardwicke Street, and a proposed tree-lined laneway along the southern boundary
We are creating six entrances into the campus. This will help connect the campus with surrounding housing and the neighbourhood. We are building an undercover space on the campus’s Molesworth Street corner. It’s designed for community to connect when dropping-off or collecting students. Our team will be planting over 80 trees and 3000 plants on the campus grounds. This will give children plenty of shade and enrich the environment. The front wall of the campus on Molesworth Street will be a made from glazing, (a glazed curtain wall system), with integrated sun shading elements. So the campus will get excellent natural light for learning.
We are making the south and west facades from patterned brickwork and concrete panels with sculptural patterning and glazing inserts. There will be lots of spaces for the school community to come together for performances, assemblies and events, both indoors and out. The gymnasium and ground level outdoor play space have been designed to enable community use. This will be subject to school policy.
We held a virtual information session on 16 December 2020. Local residents discussed the new school with Chris Keating, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian School Building Authority. Following further consultation, the Victorian Government announced the new school will be a campus of North Melbourne Primary School.
The school community told us that they are keen to make the most of the unique opportunity offered by the proximity of the two school sites, and to ensure equity of access to the 21st century facilities the new campus will provide.
We have consulted experts to ensure we factor educational, specialist, technical and specific cultural aspects into the design of the complex, vertical school. We consulted:
The new school campus zone for North Melbourne
Primary School will be released in 2022, ahead of the opening in 2023.
information on school zones can be found at findmyschool.vic.gov.au
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