Our community are experiencing exciting times! Our growth in enrolments and growth in both leadership and educational efficacy has vitalised our school.
Another milestone is about to be reached with the construction of a double storey building to house in total eight classrooms. This building will be the last addition with regards to student classrooms, as we will have met our target enrolment of 300 primary students. The building will grow in three phases: initially two classrooms upstairs with complete architectural framework; the nest phase will see the construction of two more classrooms upstairs and finally the fit-out of four classrooms downstairs.
Approaching this project by meeting our school ethos and sustainability, has been really interesting and at times a little scary. Students and staff were involved with architect in determining the look and requirements of the building. We were pleased that Rachel Towill, our architect, from Towill Design group, had very similar values to our community: a building that would be energy efficient, employ natural materials as much as possible, provide optimal learning elements such as lighting, space, air and a building that would harmonize with our purpose built school.
The students’ biggest worry was about cutting trees and bamboo to make space for this rather large building, so we had to ensure that plans to the landscape architect included revegetation and the reintroduction of identified clumping bamboo somewhere not too far from the new building. Plans are already circulating among parents of new structures that can be made with bamboo that has to be cut.
Concept drawings are provided to our community to show what we are hoping the new classrooms are going to look like and neighbours have been invited to share in our excitement.
We will provide staged photos of this amazing new addition as they occur. Watch this space!