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Wurun Senior Campus

Location
111 Queens Pde Fitzroy North 3068

New School Campus

  1. Start

    Q2 2018

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2022

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

The Victorian Government committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026.

This includes opening a new senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School in 2022 at the historic Fitzroy Gasworks site.

Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have had a senior secondary program partnership, offering students a choice of VCE, VCAL and VET certificate courses along with a range of innovative senior programs, for over 10 years.

The campus will have capacity for 650 students and predominantly cater for Year 11 and 12. Year 10 students from both schools studying VCE, VET or VCAL subjects will also attend the Wurun Senior Campus as required.

These new campus facilities will give students a greater choice of senior programs and subjects, with a focus on building 21st century skills.

The campus will also help ease enrolment pressures from population growth in Melbourne’s inner north. Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School will be able to enrol extra Years 11–12 students at the new campus and more younger students at their existing sites.

Funding

In the 2018–19 State Budget, $17.2 million was allocated to schools across the state for planning. This includes funding for this school.

In the 2019–20 State Budget, the school shared in $624.8 million allocated for new schools.

Funding type
New School Campus
  • Wurun Senior Campus has been announced as the name of the new senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    Wurun Senior Campus is located on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people, on Queens Parade Fitzroy North, the historic Fitzroy Gasworks site.

    The Department of Education and Training consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation along with representatives from Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School on the campus name.

    Use of the name 'Wurun' for the campus has been approved by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

    Wurun (pronunced wuh-RUN) is a Woi wurrung word of the Wurundjeri people meaning river white gum.

    Our senior campus will also feature an embedded Indigenous narrative developed in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

    Examples of these interpretative elements include native planting with Woi wurrung language naming at the courtyard entry; a 25-metre concourse mural depicting a linear narrative of the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people's history and culture and the wayfinding colour palette informed by the manna gum.

  • We hosted a virtual School Design Talk on 22 July 2021. This included showing a video with design insights, and campus principal Chris Millard hosting a live Q&A webinar.

    Our presenters answered pre-submitted questions on topics ranging from subjects to be offered, teaching styles, specialist facilities, the food and café precinct, 21st century learning skills, independent learning, university-style settings, learning environment types, outdoor space, interdisciplinary learning, Indigenous consultation interpretative design elements, community use, sports facilities, specialised equipment, terrace form, sustainability, student safety, local product and more.

    Answering the questions were:

    • Director of Major Projects, Victorian School Building Authority: Wayne Alford
    • Senior Project Officer, Victorian School Building Authority: Anne Vella
    • Project design team: Martin Palmer and Paul Thatcher – GHDWoodhead; Alexandra Griffeth – Grimshaw
    • Principals: Sam Luck, Collingwood College; Linda Mitchell, Fitzroy High School; and Chris Millard Senior Campus Principal

    You can view the design insights video below.

  • Below are the facilities on each level.

    Level 6

    • Rooftop sports court
    • Solar panels
    • Roof terrace

    Level 5

    • Science precinct
    • Science laboratory spaces
    • Science terrace

    Level 4

    • Arts and design precinct
    • 2D, 3D and textiles studios
    • Exhibition space
    • Photography dark room
    • Media and design space
    • Art terrace

    Level 3

    • Wellbeing and careers services hub
    • Information technologies services
    • Gymnasium 2
    • Resource centre
    • Learning studios
    • Breakout spaces
    • Terrace

    Level 2

    • Food precinct
    • Student dining
    • Seminar space
    • Learning studios
    • Breakout spaces

    Level 1

    • Technology precinct
    • Learning studios
    • Breakout spaces
    • Exhibition space
    • Terrace
    • Conference Rooms

    Ground

    • Main entry
    • Reception/staff hub
    • Concourse
    • Bike hub
    • Amphitheatre
    • Performing arts precinct
    • Gymnasium 1

    Click below to view a PDF version of the facilities on each level:

  • The Designated Neighbourhood Zone (DNZ) for the Fitzroy Gasworks (Senior Campus) is the Collingwood College DNZ and the Fitzroy High School DNZ together.

    Any student currently attending either of these schools or living in the Collingwood College DNZ or the Fitzroy High School DNZ, will be able to attend the senior campus.

    Statewide school zone maps are available at Find My School.External Link

    PoliciesExternal Link on enrolment, placement, and admission are available on the Department of Education and Training website.

    Enrolment information for Collingwood College is available on the college's websiteExternal Link .

    Enrolment information for Fitzroy High School is available on the school's websiteExternal Link .

  • For school or future campus tours (on completion and when restrictions allow), please inquire at the partner school closest to your home address.

    A key aspiration of the Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School's senior program is to help every student find a unique pathway and personalised learning journey.

    Take a virtual tour of the futures-focused senior campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School in the video below.

    A day in the life at the new campus
    Sam

    Sam is a Year 11 student enrolled at Collingwood College and attends the senior secondary campus – a partnership between Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    Sam lives in Collingwood and prefers to cycle to school.

    Sam is interested in visual arts, fascinated by history and human psychology, loves performing in school productions, and hopes to go to university in Melbourne after completing Year 12.

    This is a day in Sam’s life at the senior secondary campus.

    8:45 am

    Cycles to school and walks bike through the front courtyard to the bike storage hub.

    9:00 am

    Meets a study group in the amphitheatre to develop a podcast that highlights key understandings of the French revolution for history class. Next stop is the music practice rooms to record and publish the podcast for the class.

    10:30 am

    Sam goes up to L4 to work on a sculpture project in the arts precinct for studio arts. Uses the studio, the kiln and the covered outdoor workspace on the L4 terrace.

    12:30 am

    Travels outside via the terraces to the L3 commons for a discussion with an extended investigation teacher about a research project in one of the breakout spaces. After the meeting, Sam walks to the resource centre for extra research.

    2:30 pm

    Moves to L2 to the seminar space for a collaborative session with psychology students. A guest speaker from a nearby university is explaining some of the latest research around brain development.

    4:00 pm

    Sam meets a team of parent and student volunteers in the L2 commons space, to talk about staging and props for an upcoming performance.

    Amal

    Amal is a Year 12 student enrolled at Fitzroy High School and attends the senior secondary campus - a partnership between Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    Amal lives nearby in Fitzroy and catches the Smith Street tram to school. Whenever possible, Amal likes to be outside and active.

    Amal is a budding entrepreneur and has started running a small business on the weekend and sees this as a career after finishing school. Amal is interested in new technologies and engineering, as well as music and literature.

    This is a day in Amal’s life at the senior secondary campus.

    8:45 am

    Arrives at school and greets friends in the front courtyard. Lingers for a while on the informal seating and chats about weekend plans.

    9:00 am

    Attends an engineering class in the science precinct and prepares a project to solve an engineering problem. An expert is invited in from the field and explains that the industry is working to solve similar problems.

    10:30 am

    Amal heads down to the music practice rooms to meet the instrumental teacher for a performance rehearsal. Some theatre studies students drop in to hear the latest score for the opening sequence of the performance in the amphitheatre.

    12:30 pm

    Goes up to L1 double learning studio for an oral analysis of the Picnic at Hanging Rock with two literature classes. Students provide constructive feedback on Amal’s presentation.

    2:30 pm

    Lunch is prepared and served by the VET kitchen operations class in the student dining area, then Amal goes up to the fitness studio for a physical education class.

    4:00 pm

    Amal walks up to the fabrication lab to meet with the expert who attended the earlier engineering class. The expert runs a local manufacturing company and offers mentorship to students with an interest in metal fabrication.

  • Amal

    Amal is a Year 12 student enrolled at Fitzroy High School and attends the senior secondary campus - a partnership between Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    Amal lives nearby in Fitzroy and catches the Smith Street tram to school. Whenever possible, Amal likes to be outside and active.

    Amal is a budding entrepreneur and has started running a small business on the weekend and sees this as a career after finishing school. Amal is interested in new technologies and engineering, as well as music and literature.

    This is a day in Amal's life at the senior secondary campus.

    8.45am

    Arrives at school and greets friends in the front courtyard. Lingers for a while on the informal seating and chats about weekend plans.

    9am

    Attends an engineering class in the science precinct and prepares a project to solve an engineering problem. An expert is invited in from the field and explains that the industry is working to solve similar problems.

    10.30am

    Amal heads down to the music practice rooms to meet the instrumental teacher for a performance rehearsaI. Some theatre studies students drop in to hear the latest score for the opening sequence of the performance in the amphitheatre.

    12.30pm

    Goes up to L1 double learning studio for an oral analysis of Picnic at Hanging Rock with the two literature classes. Students provide constructive feedback on Amal's presentation.

    2.30pm

    Lunch is prepared and served by the VET kitchen operations class in the student dining area, then Amal goes up to the fitness studio for a physical education class.

    4pm

    Amal walks to the fabrication lab to meet with the expert who attended the earlier engineering class. The expert runs a local manufacturing company and offers mentorship to students with an interest in metal fabrication.

    Sam

    Sam is a Year 11 student enrolled at Collingwood College and attends the senior secondary campus - a partnership between Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    Sam lives in Collingwood and prefers to cycle to school.

    Sam is interested in visual arts, fascinated by history and human psychology, loves performing in school productions, and hopes to go to university in Melbourne after completing Year 12.

    This is a day in Sam's life at the senior secondary campus...

    8.45am

    Cycles to school, and walks bike through the front courtyard to the bike storage hub.

    9am

    Meets a study group in the amphitheatre to develop a podcast that highlights key understandings of the French revolution for history class. Next stop is the music practice rooms to record and publish the podcast for class.

    10.30am

    Sam goes up to L4 to work on a sculpture project in the arts precinct for studio arts. Uses the studio, the kiln and the covered outdoor workspace on the L4 terrace.

    12.30pm

    Travels outside via the terraces to the L3 commons for a discussion with an extended investigation teacher about a research project in one of the breakout spaces. After the meeting, Sam walks to the resource centre for extra research.

    2.30pm

    Moves to L2 to the seminar space for a collaborative session with psychology students. A guest speaker from a nearby university is explaining some of the latest research around brain development.

    4pm

    Sam meets a team of parent and student volunteers in the L2 commons space, to talk about staging and props for an upcoming performance.

    Designed version

    You can access a designed version of these 'Day in a life' stories.

  • The 2022 Senior Program GuideExternal Link for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School is now available. For enrolment or senior program information please inquire at the partner school closest to your home address.

  • Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School are pleased to announce that Chris Millard is the successful candidate for the role of Campus Principal (Assistant Principal) for the new Wurun Senior Campus – Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

    His appointment follows a competitive recruitment and selection process, jointly managed by Sam Luck, Principal of Collingwood College and Linda Mitchell, Principal of Fitzroy High School. Chris's role, which begins in Term 1 2021, will be to build on the collaboration and continuous improvement of both schools, and to oversee the continued joint provision of the senior secondary programs.

    From 2022, Chris will manage the new campus, along with continuing to build a culture of innovation and excellence that benefits all students.

  • The campus will be located at the old Fitzroy Gasworks site. The Fitzroy Gasworks is an important part of Fitzroy North's industrial and social heritage, and the school is part of an important urban renewal project to re-energise the site.

    This larger project by Development VictoriaExternal Link will rejuvenate an iconic inner-city site and create positive outcomes for the local community. The site is close to public transport, open space and established community facilities.

  • Community engagement snapshot

    We want students in the Collingwood and Fitzroy areas to be part of a rich, vibrant and supportive community. Schools are more than buildings – they are the hearts of neighbourhoods. We asked the community for suggestions to help design the campus and decide what facilities it would offer.

    Engagement that helped shape the campus design

    In September 2018, the VSBA and Development Victoria consulted the community to hear its views on the Fitzroy Gasworks Precinct design. This included plans for the new senior campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School. The VSBA also held workshops with students and teachers from the 2 schools to hear what they liked about their existing schools and what could be improved.

    We wanted to understand the benefits and challenges of having separate junior and senior campuses. We also wanted to know what learning and teaching facilities, programs and spaces the community would like to have in the new campus. Our goal was to understand what makes the Collingwood and Fitzroy community unique and how the new campus could be connected to the existing schools and integrated with the community.

    Consultation included:

    • student and teacher workshops held at Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School
    • input from over 80 stakeholders and community members at other workshops
    • online surveys attracting 247 responses
    • analysing more than 1050 comments overall.

    What the community wanted for the new senior campus

    Top four takeaways

    1. A diverse curriculum and specialist facilities

    Through our consultation, we heard that a new Year 11 and 12 campus is a fantastic opportunity to offer a diverse curriculum, with specialist facilities and equipment. Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School students said they want opportunities that inspire learning and set them up for future success.

    Arts, sciences, humanities, vocational training, computer and media studies were popular suggestions. Creative writing, literature studies, and options for different languages would be valued by students. Additionally, offering the International Baccalaureate emerged as a key priority, as well as VCE and VET courses. Students preferred to keep these learning streams integrated at the one campus to support student cohesion.

    We heard that a diverse curriculum would need quality infrastructure and specialist facilities. The community would like to see performing arts and exhibition/display spaces in the new school. Laboratories for science and technology classes and collaborative working areas were popular suggestions. Facilities for a variety of vocational training programs were important, including kitchen gardens, sewing/cutting rooms and woodwork facilities.

    “Animation; Game design; Filming/editing; Palaeontology; Architecture; Technology Design; Chemistry; Astrophysics” – junior student workshop

    “Fashion/sewing + cutting rooms” - senior student workshop

    “Properly designed art/graphic design rooms” - senior student workshop

    “Big lecture theatre auditorium for assemblies etc. Could be combined with performing arts theatre” - student workshop

    “Horticulture/Agriculture; Entrepreneurial VET; Wood Tech” - teacher workshop

    “Have generous indoor and outdoor sport and performance facilities” - online survey

    “Separated hang-out room e.g. Year 12 area, and study room or quiet library” - senior student workshop

    “Science lab facilities – Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biomedicine” - senior student workshop

    “VCE & VCAL classes both in one school, not separated” - senior student workshop

    “Lecture spaces for class, for whole senior school” - student workshop

    2. Teach students to be critical thinkers and develop their leadership and career skills

    The community told us that the way senior students learn is changing and that developing student leadership and entrepreneurial skills are important. We heard that students want a flexible curriculum that reflects the independent learning style found at university.

    Students were interested in running their own clubs and businesses at school and wanted to take a greater part in school leadership groups. Teachers and students wanted the school to offer a wider tutoring program between students and allow more access to teachers.

    “Ensure it suits a future-proofed approach to senior secondary, technology and creative facilities that are state-of-the-art” - online survey

    “Promote flexibility, responsibility, independence” - teacher workshop

    “University-like campus – flexibility” - teacher workshop

    “Could we consider tertiary style common spaces” - teacher workshop

    3. Ensure the design reflects and supports the community, including shared community spaces

    We heard that the community recognises its important Indigenous history and is proud of the diverse culture of the local area. This should be reflected in the school design, and local artists and students commissioned to create artwork and murals. Students want the school to be a creative space that promotes equality and inclusion.

    We heard that the new school spaces should be shared with the community. This included sports courts, performance spaces, the library and specialist facilities. There were opportunities to partner with local groups for community programs and events and adult learning.

    “Diverse, flexible spaces, e.g. feminist posters/Aboriginal flag” - senior student workshop

    “Make it possible for community gatherings of different sizes to use the school” - community forum

    “Include murals or artwork that reflects the Indigenous heritage and the current diversity of the community” - online survey

    “Aboriginal art, open spaces, monuments to historical figures of the area” - online survey

    “Access to sports facilities, meeting rooms, performance facilities and library … will promote connectivity” - online survey

    “Don’t make it dull and bland. To make it ‘Fitzroy’, get some funky colours” - student workshop

    4. Create spaces that are sustainable, well-designed and functional

    We heard that it was important that the school’s architecture is innovative and aesthetic, using natural materials. Sustainability was important, and design features such as solar, efficient water use and passive design were widely supported. Students and teachers said keeping classrooms at a comfortable temperature and creating soundproof rooms would help students concentrate.

    Students told us they needed flexible spaces that support group collaboration and small meetings, including social areas for gathering and multiple study spaces for group-based and individual learning.

    “Great architectural design to encourage the students to want to go to school and be their best. Areas to allow for reflection” - online survey

    “Sustainable design, lots of space for art projects, lots of solar panels” - online survey

    “Have lots of break-out spaces with natural light” - community forum

    “Private study spaces/small rooms/ cubicles separated from noise” - senior student workshop

    “Incorporate artwork and sustainable gardens” - online survey

    “Interested in the idea of having spaces that morph into each other and can be changed to suit everyone’s needs” - student workshop

    “The school should be exemplary in terms of sustainability and cutting-edge architectural design that envisages the future” - online survey

    “Innovative sustainable design and green building technologies with a mix of green indoor and outdoor spaces and creative learning environments” - online survey

    “Green and energy-efficient design of the buildings, open space classrooms, local resident art” - online survey

    How community engagement findings are reflected in the campus

    Our design team considered this feedback as we planned the new campus. On this webpage you can:

    • watch a virtual tour fly-through animation
    • watch a school design insights video
    • watch a school design talk Q&A webinar
    • read about a day in the life at the new campus.

Reviewed 21 March 2022

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