Early Primary and Innovation Centre
It was an exciting day at the Primary Campus on Wednesday, 16 October as the Early Primary year levels moved into the Early Primary and Innovation Centre. The College’s aspiration was to create a purpose-built environment which would be a canvas for inspiring young minds and creative educators, forming opportunities for our youngest community members to explore their curiosities, flourish and fully realise their potential. The building has fulfilled all expectations in supporting our excellent teaching and learning programs, and students are feeling right at home.
The new building includes a contemporary state of the art Early Primary Centre encompassing:
- Five new Early Primary Classrooms with breakout spaces both indoor and outdoor, with access to nature play. The Green space at the front of the building has been enhanced as a secure, outdoor learning and play space.
- The Innovation Centre has: Thinkers Tanks, Makers Space, Design Space, Campfire, Resource Centre and Radio Station/Podcast Lab.
- A new Art Centre is on the upper level.
- Early Primary includes a new toilet facility for boys and girls.
- Energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting and water retention and recycling initiatives have been included.
In partnership with Edge Architects and Sarah Constructions, the development has just been completed. An official opening will take place early in 2021.
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What building works are taking place at the Primary Campus?
A significant investment into the facilities at the Primary Campus is underway, catering for increased enrolments and the ongoing enrichment of a quality learning environment that is innovative and adaptable to the current and future educational needs of our students. This development will create further opportunities for our youngest community members to explore their curiosities, flourish and fully realise their potential.
New building works will not only enable increased capacity but will include a contemporary state of the art Early Primary Centre encompassing:
- Five new Early Primary Classrooms with breakout spaces both indoor and outdoor, with access to nature play. The Green space at the front of the building will be enhanced and utilised as a secure, outdoor learning and play space.
- An Innovation Centre which will incorporate: Thinkers Tanks, Makers Space, Design Space, Campfire, Resource Centre and Radio Station/Podcast Lab.
- A new Art Centre on the upper level.
- Early Primary will include a new toilet facility for boys and girls.
- Energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting and water retention and recycling initiatives.
In partnership with Edge Architects and Sarah Constructions, the development is due for completion at the end of Term 3, 2020.
What is the purpose for the building works?
The Primary Campus is undergoing a re-development to create refreshed, new and innovative learning spaces for our students and staff.
Strong demand for a St Michael’s education requires the College to cater for the provision of modern, fit for purpose, infrastructure to support our excellent teaching and learning programs. We are blessed with our facilities and unique landholding across two campuses, which affords us the opportunity to grow, and service the local community. Our goal is always to shape our school in a style that suits our culture.
With the move this year of our Year 7s to the Secondary Campus this provided an opportunity to focus on the future of the Primary Campus and what we wished to offer to our community. As our oldest campus, the time was right to invest in the existing built environment and consider what was required to deliver excellent teaching and learning in a co-educational landscape.
How much will this cost?
The planned works are an investment in the future of the school. They are a natural progression of our school driven by community need, offering choice for families, and providing a modern built environment capable of supporting the type of curriculum offering to challenge our students in the best possible way. As we transition through the new funding landscape, prudent and strategic action such as this will enable us to meet the needs of both current and future families. A total of $6.5 million dollars has been allocated to the project from the College Capital reserves.
When will the building works start…and finish?
The Stage 1 Building Works will commence from October 2019 and are expected to be completed by the end of Term 3, October 2020.
Establishment work has commenced. It is anticipated the building will be ready for utilisation in Term 4, 2020. The hours of building work will be carried out from 6.30 am to 4:00 pm daily, Monday to Friday. Work will continue throughout the term holidays.
Accredited traffic control personnel will manage the traffic flow each day.
Will there be any impact on students and their day to day learning?
Students were moved to alternative classrooms from the start of Term 3 this year, therefore there will be no impact on students or our Out of Hours School Care Services – Extend. Sporting activities utilising the oval will not undergo any significant disruption.
The College will continue regular communication with families should there be any changes to current parking, noise and classroom movement. Should there be any need to limit of some activities e.g. Co-curricular alternative arrangements will be made and communicated to all parents via the school’s communication platform – School Stream.
Will there be any impact on parking?
Yes. The contractors will be directed to park in a designated area for onsite workers. Staff will continue to park in the Moorland Avenue Staff car park as normal and excess staff cars will park in neighbouring streets. A fencing plan will enable safe access from the carpark to the school.
Parents and caregivers dropping off and picking up children will be as normal, however it is very important that parents/caregivers follow the guidelines of our ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone. Please ensure you use the pedestrian crossing traffic lights on East Avenue or the pedestrian Zebra crossing on Main Street for the safety of yourself and your children.
How will I be affected?
We do not foresee any major impact to the day to day activities for parents and caregivers at the Primary Campus. There may be some additional traffic when accessing the campus, however, building contractors have been asked to conduct any major works or impediments to traffic flows outside of high-visit hours, i.e., school drop off and pick up.
There may be isolated days where access to the school is limited in order to carry out large scale project works on that day. Notice will be given in advance through School Stream.
Will I still be able to drop off and pick up as normal?
Yes. There are no planned changes to the ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone entry and exit from gates 1, 5, 6 & 7 as per normal. On occasions, there may be some traffic control in place to ensure safe access to the school for our staff and students.
Where can I find out more?
Current families can access School Stream for regular updates as the building program proceeds. Any changes or alterations to the daily or weekly project schedule that impact our community, will be posted there.
Any additional questions and feedback can also be submitted to the Primary Campus via email email@example.com
For all Primary Campus enrolment enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Annie Clift, Primary Enrolment Officer on (08) 8346 6548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org