Sacred Heart Primary School students have spent their first week in a newly-built Senior Learning Centre.June 18, 2014 3:55am
The centre houses two classes of up to 50 years 5/6 students and two teachers.
The interior is lined in plywood and includes small meeting spaces, an internal amphitheatre, learning nooks and a video conferencing facility.
Outside there is an outdoor amphitheatre.
Principal Trish Miller said the innovative design took six months to build after consultation with teachers and parents.
‘‘The building is architecturally interesting to cater for a range of learning styles,’’ she said.
‘‘We did lots of educational research on ways children learn best . . . we identified that children learned best in different ways in large spaces and small spaces.
‘‘For example special needs students work better in smaller spaces, so we were never going to build a plain rectangle.’’
She said the school had worked hard to ensure the building met the needs of every student.
Ms Miller said the $500 000 project was largely self-funded.
Diverse Builders general manager Dennis Young said the company hadn’t built anything of its kind before.
‘‘It’s unique and took a lot of skilled tradesmen,’’ he said.
‘‘I don’t think anyone has ever built anything like that before — nothing was a square grid.’’
He said building would be entered into next year’s Master Builders awards.
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