Geelong schools moving forward
Students from Armstrong Creek will next year have access to a brand new primary school, while Oberon Primary School will have an upgrade as part of initiatives foreshadowed by the Education Minister on a visit to Geelong recently.
Minister for Education James Merlino toured the just-completed $20.2 million Armstrong Creek West Primary School (an interim name) meeting with its principal and discussing the school’s potential for local students and the community.
Armstrong Creek West Primary School has modern classrooms, flexible learning spaces, a performing arts and physical education complex, sports field and multi-use hard courts and administration buildings on an expansive green-landscaped campus.
The school will open in Term 1 of 2020 and it will cater for 475 students.
Designed by Architectus and built by KANE the school has been configured to cater for students the rapidly growing Bellarine Peninsula.
Schools and other key community infrastructure in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area has long been a G21 advocacy priority.
Oberon South Primary School
While in Geelong Minister Merlino also visited Oberon South Primary School to announce that from Term 1 of 2021 its students will be learning in a $4.59 million building as part a move into a new building at the neighbouring Oberon High School campus at Kidman Avenue, Belmont.
Oberon High School will also operate from a new Armstrong Creek site at the beginning of 2021.
The new, architecturally-designed modular building for Oberon South Primary School will be constructed in a factory and brought to the new school location over the 2020 school year. This means the students and teachers will get the new building sooner, with minimal disruption to students’ day-to-day education.
With its new home on Kidman Avenue, Oberon South Primary School will be closer to the Belmont Community Kindergarten – making drop-off and pick-up easier for families with children attending at both locations.
The move also presents a great opportunity for the school and kindergarten to cooperate on teaching programs and create a smoother transition for kinder kids heading into Prep.
The Victorian School Building Authority will work with the school to design this new building to develop creative thinking, promote STEM literacy and inspire learning for life.
Oberon South Primary School was allocated $3.39 million in the 2019-20 Victorian Budget and $1.2 million in the 2018-19 Budget. These two allocations will be combined to give Oberon South Primary School $4.59 million for the design and construction of its new home at Kidman Avenue.
Geelong High School
Minister Merlino also visited Geelong High School to open the completed stages of $22.7 million in upgrades.
The upgraded C.A. Love Hall hosts a complete lighting and audio presentation system, digital projector and kitchenette supporting Geelong High School’s proud reputation for music and the performing arts.
The school’s Kroger Building has also been completely transformed with new classrooms, library, canteen and wellbeing area all giving students a great environment to learn, create and relax.
Construction works are underway on a new technology centre, with more classrooms and specialised mixed-media and visual communications learning areas for the school’s Winstanley building and RJ Vague wing. These works are forecast to be completed in the first half of 2020.
Designed by McGlashan Everist Architecture and built by Ireland Brown Constructions, the facilities will mean teachers can deliver the 21st century education Geelong High School students need to succeed.
Whittington Primary School
A Whittington Primary School rebuild was officially opened as part of the Minister's Geelong visit.
The project included the construction of modern flexible classrooms, art room, music room and gym – giving students more opportunities to pursue their passion in the arts and explore their sporting abilities.
It also includes new administration facilities and a centrally landscaped courtyard.
The school regeneration project was designed by 3iD Architecture and the project was built by Rendine Constructions.
Source: Based on state government media statements