The Next Challenge: Building for Tomorrow
The future is looking bright at St Peter’s Girls’ School. After 120 years of excellence in education, our next challenge is to support and extend our students with a learning environment comprising modern spaces that are adaptable and flexible to suit their changing educational needs.
01 | Early Learners’ Centre
Develop and extend
The Early Learners Centre nurtures children to discover the unexpected, explore their senses and be part of a community of lifelong learners. An innovative, purpose-built expansion of the ELC was completed in January 2015. Through this redevelopment, ELC programs have increased and now feature a two-year old program. The design and architecture reflect the Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy of the ELC. A strong sense of belonging enables our young learners to thrive. Specially designed and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces give children opportunities to satisfy their natural curiosity, expand their knowledge and understanding, and connect with the world around them. Our team of quality educators ensure children get the best start in life and are also welcomed into the wider St Peter’s Girls’ School community.
02 | Bell Yett Reserve & car park
Extend and improve
St Peter’s Girls has been working with the City of Burnside to maintain and develop Bell Yett Reserve, providing valuable resources for the School. The car park has been extended, providing an additional 49 off-street parking spaces to significantly ease congestion in the local area during peak times. Extra plants are being added to increase the biodiversity of the area and specially planned drainage models will work to harness rainfall and save precious resources. To formalise an existing understanding, the School and Council have negotiated an agreement where the Bell Yett courts and grassed areas can be used for training and matches, with the School granted exclusive use of these facilities at key times throughout the week.
03 | High speed network services
Install & connect
Exceptional network services are essential to support the increasing use of online learning technologies. At the beginning of 2016 we joined AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network service. St Peter’s Girls now has access to the highest standard network services platform. Our 1Gigabit fibre connection provides students and staff with unlimited and unparalleled access to state-of-the-art technology. These services enable students to collaborate, using cutting edge research and learning resources. The School is now be able to leverage network capabilities that provide innovative solutions for data storage and sharing, video conferencing, highly advanced resources and more.
04 | Middle School
Relocate and transform
From November 2016
Our Middle School spanning Years 7 – 9 features an engaging learning program that provides for the specific academic needs of adolescent girls, as well as their expanding and developing social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual domains. To provide students with flexible spaces for learning and collaboration, the Middle School is relocating from the top of the Main Building to the Centenary Wing. This space will be transformed into a central, open learning hub. Features will include retractable walls, breakout areas and an abundance of natural light and transparency between rooms. With views across Ferguson Park, as well as direct access to the oval, students will be inspired to explore, engage and extend their minds.
05 | Resource Centre
Move and remodel
From November 2017
Libraries of the future must be dynamic spaces, rich in technology, that provide flexible solutions for research and study. The environment should harness the power of learning, seamlessly blending physical and digital resources. The Resource Centre will move to the top of the Main Building, providing a physical link between Middle and Senior Schools. As the academic heart of the School, the Resource Centre will showcase a fluid design, accommodating the needs of individuals, small groups and whole classes. The space will adapt as required to suit a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. The Resource Centre will also facilitate global connectivity, with access to innovative electronic resources across a variety of platforms, as well as a balance of engaging print materials.
06 | Science Laboratories
Upgrade and modernise
The study of science, in all its forms, should seamlessly integrate theory and practice. Laboratory learning provides a structured environment, where science can be taught in context and students can easily observe scientific principles in action. The upgrade of the Science Laboratories will aim to support a range of contemporary learning styles. The new classrooms will offer the flexibility needed to cater for general science classes across the School, as well as the smaller, specialised courses for senior students. The preparation areas will be enlarged, so all students can undertake experimental work with ease. Through staged development, rooms will be opened progressively for students to access efficient facilities for practical experiments.
07 | Gymnasium
Expand and redevelop
The physical and social development of students is paramount in the School’s comprehensive co-curricular programs. To inspire girls with a range of activities in a flexible format, the Gymnasium will expand to accommodate two full-sized courts and dedicated seating area. With engaging displays and additional amenities, the new Gymnasium will be a valuable home for the development of sporting talent. Views of Ferguson Park will be maintained so that students, staff and parents can continue to enjoy our green outlook. The Gymnasium will also be used by interschool sports competitions, Old Scholars sport teams and other community associations. This project will be the hallmark of our building program and the end result will be a key facility of which our community can be proud.