Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!
STEM Works Completion
Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) site facilities improvements have now been completed. Our school was one of several schools across the State that were funded at $1,000,000 to improve and refurbish school facilities to better support the learning and teaching of STEM. Each school was provided with the flexibility to individualise the refurbishment strategy to best meet the needs of their site. The funding could not be used for any new and additional buildings.
Our thinking here at Grange was to have multiple areas of action that improved STEM learning for each and every student in the school. This strategy supported our belief that STEM learning happens in all classrooms every day.
Alongside this work we also moved some classrooms to locate all like year levels together to better enable collaborative work across the year level. The school added in about $100,000 additional funding to support this work in non STEM spaces such as performing arts, technology and furniture upgrades.
The key outcomes of this work by year level include-
- refurbishment of two wet area spaces
- breaking out to the quad outside space improving the inside/outside connection
Year 1 and 2
- refurbishment of two wet area spaces upstairs/downstairs
- creating a doorway and breaking out from rooms 22,24,27,29 to the wet areas
- creating a doorway and breaking out from rooms 26 to technology/multi purpose space in room
- Moving all year 3 classes together
- Installing a verandah around the quad enabling more inside/outside learning opportunities
- Refurbishing room 15 to create a general classroom space with new wet area, display window box
- Refurbishment of office space into a break out student learning area opposite room 10
- refurbishment of wet area space for upstairs 4/5 classes
- Refurbishment (painting, carpeting, removal of internal wall) of rooms 12/13 to create a two teacher/classroom collaborative space
- Addition of sink and joinery to Louise Moss building
- Creation of student learning space from teacher office space
- Addition of Solar Panels to roof of Louise Moss and technology to record and measure power generated and saved
Performing Arts Centre (shared with OSHC)
- Creation of a performing arts centre and addition of a performance stage, smart TV, acoustic pinboards
- Improved lighting
Specialist STEM Centre
- Installation of two display window boxes to enhance natural light and display student STEM learning
- Creation of wet space from staff office space
- Creation of early years STEM investigation centre in room 22
- Moved upstairs
- New library shelves and displays
Across the school we have also purchased new furniture, some of which we are ordering or have ordered and are waiting on delivery. Electrical upgrades and attention to current new build requirements have also been part of this work.
Attached are some pictures of the refurbished spaces. I think you will agree that for a large school such as ours we have achieved improved STEM learning environments that will have such a positive impact upon the learning of every student.
Our builder, Harrold and Kite were excellent in supporting us to achieve a high quality of work while minimising the disruption to students and their learning.
The $6,000,000 Better Schools funding for school refurbishment and capacity increase will further enhance our facilities in the provision of the very best, contemporary learning environment for our students and their educators.
Grant Small, Principal
Grange Primary School