- When will the new school be built and when will it open?
The design phase of the new school building will occur in 2021 and we hope that ground will be broken in 2022. We hope that the new school building will be ready to move into at the beginning of 2025.
- Is the gym staying or going?
The gym is currently not part of the business case for the new school so at this stage it is remaining. However, a comprehensive building assessment has recently been carried out on the gym and a definitive decision will be made on whether the gym stays or not. If the gym stays it will have significant work done on it to make it water-tight and will no longer be need to be used as a shared facility as a 300-seater auditorium is planned to be part of the new building. If it is decided that the gym needs to be replaced, we potentially may end up with a smaller gym due to the number of students enrolled at the College.
- Where will the building be located on the site?
At this stage, the new building will be located on the field closest to the gym.
- Will the new building be traditional “single-celled” or “open-plan”?
The new building will be a mixture of hubs, flexible learning and break-out spaces with a focus on ensuring that spaces have multi-purpose use. This design approach will ensure that we can offer more opportunities and better outcomes for a wider group of students and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. We want to move to a pedagogical approach in which teachers support students to identify and develop their strengths and interests. The building design will help support this and allow collaborative teaching and learning to more readily occur. This will provide a diverse range of stakeholders with opportunities to plan, problem solve, and design better solutions for learning. This approach is more culturally responsive, inclusive and recognises the important impact of positive personal and cultural identity. It also supports students’ identity, wellbeing and achievement. The flexibility of this type of building design provides teachers with the capacity to individualise the learning environment, providing students with what they personally need for learning.
Innovative and flexible learning environments is not a random experiment, but part of a global shift in all levels of education which is happening around the world. Traditionally, schooling was designed for industrial times while flexible learning environments are designed to help prepare students for a digital age of information. It uses inclusive design and practice, underpinned by the science behind learning – to meet the needs of all students and provide equal opportunities to learn while also reflecting the education sector’s developing understanding of the nature and science of learning.