It is great to see Stage 2 of the master plan for St John the Apostle Primary School located in Tarneit, Victoria under construction.
St John the Apostle Primary School is a new Prep to 6 primary school in Melbourne’s western growth corridor. The master plan was developed in 2013 through extensive consultation with the Project Steering Committee including representatives from the parish, community & Catholic Education Office. The school has been designed for 21stC learning with the child at the centre of our thinking and opportunity for the community to feel part of the school and engage in the day to day activities.
Stage 1 of the master plan included the construction of the Prep to Year 2 Learning Community and received high commendations in the 2015 Educational Facilities Awards from Learning Environments Australasia (formally known as the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International) within the category of New Construction of a Major Facility.
The Stage 1 Learning Community has a variety of internal and external spaces, featuring large openings to achieve a highly porous learning environment without losing the sense of intimacy and fun. Stage 2 will construct an adjacent building for Years 3-4 that will reflect this design approach and bring an overall transparency between the buildings that connects learners and creates a greater sense of community. A central outdoor learning area and stage acts as a communal and gathering space for teachers and students. A new school welcome and administration building will also be built as part of the Stage 2 works.