It was with great enthusiasm that BC, together with the New School Planning Group, presented the proposed Preston High School master plan to the local community at a recent public briefing session held at Preston Town Hall. The night was a great success with the new school proposal well received by everyone. There was a buzz of excitement for the project as it moves forward.
The vision for the new school was developed through a highly collaborative process including community workshops and online engagement that enabled the public to voice their opinions on what was important to them about the new school. The overwhelming response from over 2,000 participants assisted in developing an engagement report which was then used by BC to prepare the master plan.
The exciting new Preston High School has been master planned for a long-term permanent enrolment of 800 students, providing contemporary learning spaces that engage students curiosity and collaboration within and around the existing heritage building. The masterplan will be implemented in stages, beginning with the refurbishment of the former Preston Girl school’s central heritage building into modern new classrooms and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre making use of the building’s high ceilings and generously proportioned spaces.
Future works will also include;
- a new 3 storey learning building, including a library hub, to consolidate teaching spaces around the heart of the school;
- a new gymnasium/Food Technology/canteen building, that will replace existing facilities;
- a competition-sized basketball/netball court to be utilised by students and the wider Preston Community;
- a new Arts/Performance/Drama centre facing Gower Street to engage with the Preston community;
- a new administration building to provide the school with a visible and welcoming entrance and;
- an innovative landscape design to provide cohesion across the site and outdoor learning areas.
The Victorian Government has committed $5.08m for Stage 1 works to set up the school for future growth and to ensure that the former Preston Girls’ Secondary College site will re-open as the new co-educational Preston High School in Term 1, 2019.