Once again, thank you to the students, parents, carers and staff who have provided feedback, ideas and suggestions on the various sets of plans that have been shared in different forums.
Here is an update on the current thinking of the architects and what has been happening in the planning for our school’s upgrade.
Staff have visited the following schools and brought back photos of ideas: Marian College, Ashwood High, Ruyton Girls, Sacred Heart College and John Monash Science School. Some of the photos from these schools are included below.
The following plans are still open for discussion but already there has been feedback from teachers and students that will be considered. However, these diagrams will give you an idea of some of the thinking to date.
The Heritage Council has approved the demolition of two wings of the old building. They are still considering the development of the front of the school and how we can use this space and retain the public view of our magnificent Old Building. Part of the Old Building upgrade will require us to return the interior to its original state.
The Old Building will house the new canteen which will be located in 0.17 and have a deck on the side. The toilets will be moved to the other end of the building. The demolished wing on the Latrobe Terrace side will provide the space for an outside classroom and sunken garden space.
Embling Building Upgrade
The Embling Building will be repaired so that it stops leaking and there is adequate heating and cooling. The layout will be very different too.
Teaching staff will be all located together in the lower level for easy access for all students. In the current open area (where the canteen is) there will be different learning spaces to allow students to study in different ways.
This is a more detailed view.
Drama will move to the hall stage area and a separation between the stage and the hall put in place. Under the hall on the Fenwick Street end the building will be opened up and music will be located there.
There will be general purpose classrooms and an Information Learning Centre (Library).
And the more detailed view.
Will house our STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
An updated more detailed view.
Fenwick Street Buildings
The existing building will stay but it will be redesigned to house Food Technology and the office.
A more detailed view.
Part of the challenge for us as a school is to reduce our class spaces to the designated provision that the Department of Education will support. We have had too many classrooms for our student population for a long time. This means we will need to develop multiuse spaces and we will not be able to spread out as we have done in the past.
School Council wrote to the Department of Education about the discrepancy in funding for the repairs and the actual cost of them. The Department of Education responded saying that the $7 000 000 included funds for the buildings to be refurbished to an acceptable condition.
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