Learning Environments Australasia Awards for Excellence in Educational Facilities - Commendation
In 2013, the Cathedral School was embracing the idea that learning to learn is experiential through a focus by teachers upon Mazano’s Art and Science of Teaching. At the same time, they were implementing the new National Curriculum.
In order to complete its total Junior School class room requirements, the School required the addition of the equivalent of two rooms to meet its capped enrolments of three streams per year.
These two facets provided an exciting opportunity to make the first steps towards translating the School’s pedagogical aspirations into the School’s built environment with the ultimate outcome of providing settings which seek clarity of educative purpose and contemporary pedagogy.
Working very closely with the Teachers, we added to, infilled and modified an existing building to provide an entirely new type of Learning Environment for the Years 5 and 6 cohort. This space is fit with glazed partitioning, tailor made joinery, carefully selected furniture, other fitments and technology to provide a “Learning Neighbourhood” with a broad range of appropriate learning settings.
As part of these works, space has also been allocated and fitout for the School’s new STEM undertakings. Initially established as open flexible space, it will further develop as the School implements various programs.
This project was completed in two stages by 2016 and has established the benchmark for the redevelopment of other areas throughout the Junior School.