Central Coast Grammar School has invested considerable effort over the past 12 to18 months in exploring ways to improve the learning environment which defines next generation learners, and embed the essential digital literacy skills and tools that students will require in a more connected and globalised workforce.
The next stage of the project will be the refurbishment and extension of the English and History block (B Block).
“The refurbishment is part of our broader Master Planning process and is not a standalone idiosyncratic approach to classroom renovation, but encompasses purposeful consideration of the size and shape of the school in the years to come,” Central Coast Grammar School’s Head Master, Mr Bill Low, said.
“School buildings need to provide the conditions that enable our teachers to deliver, and students to attain, the educational outcomes and goals detailed in our Next Generation Teaching and Learning strategic plan,” he said.
The refurbishment and extension of B Block (English, History, Geography) will commence from September 18, and it’s expected that the new facility will be ready for the beginning of the 2018 school year.
“Existing classrooms are being purposely re-designed to create innovative learning environments which will provide increased student engagement and independence within a high-tech digital literacy capability.
“The rooms will be larger and provide digital collaboration zones, areas for small group learning hubs and capacity for larger classes.
“Operable walls will be installed between every second classroom to allow teachers and students to work collaboratively throughout the building.
“Classrooms will be larger and take in the current corridors.
“Café style windows on the ground floor will create a sense of being inside and outside the classroom at the same time,” Mr Low added.
A range of furniture from more traditional to soft furnishings and high seats will be incorporated into the building.
A film studio and editing suite will increase opportunities in the area of multi-media tech studies and an awning erected outside the classrooms will provide protection from the weather.
Alongside the refurbishment, a two storey extension will be built and will include a new classroom and a History/Geography staffroom, as well as staff amenities and a lift.
“Teachers have been undertaking a great deal of professional learning in digital literacy and in Harvard University’s Teaching for Understanding Diploma Course.
“These new methodologies are the way of the future world-wide, and traditional classrooms inhibit the capacity of teachers to organise learning at the optimum level.
“This new building will help teachers facilitate current and future learning needs of students.
“I am sure you will be excited to see the building completed and there will be an opportunity for all members of the community to have a walk through,” Mr Low concluded.
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