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Plans for 2017

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We are very close to finalising plans for the next stage of building at Parkerville, to be completed in 2017 for opening in 2018. It is exciting and I want to keep you informed.

The first stage of our Secondary Campus, which we moved into this year, is designed as a specialist area and as the school is still growing, we are using some rooms as general learning areas. Ultimately these rooms will be extra art rooms, science labs and a servery cafeteria for our hospitality program.

The next stage of building is the beginning of our general learning areas. Ultimately all the general learning areas will enclose a large central hub that will incorporate a library/reference centre, assembly space, staging for performances and IT helpdesk.

Stage Two Floorplan     Stage Two Side View      Stage Two Side View       Full Site Plan

The learning spaces are designed to accommodate full year groups of about 100 students, as our ultimate cap size. Currently we are capping year groups at 60 students. There is a lot of excitement and interest in the community regarding the Secondary Campus and enrolments are nearly full for the next few years.

These learning areas are designed to have a large central space that will accommodate students and teachers working collaboratively, individually or in small groups. It really is an innovative and intelligent design. Alongside are smaller class and seminar rooms (Don’t take any notice of the furniture in the drawings… it won’t be anything like that). There is also opportunity for learning in exterior courtyards. This first stage will have a large undercover area, initially, that will be very useful. The next stage to be built will enclose this and form the first half of the central hub.

The design of furniture and subspaces in these new buildings are what will set the atmosphere for engaged, effective learning. I’m very much looking forward to this valuable investment and exciting opportunity for learning at our Secondary campus, working towards this behind the scenes has been both challenging and profoundly rewarding.


It’s amazing the rumours or false assumptions we hear that can circulate through our community. Let me help put some to rest:

There’s no air-conditioning at the Secondary campus: Nine rooms are reverse cycle air-conditioned. The central hub isn’t, but has been architecturally designed to be solar passive. Some specialist rooms either with large exhaust or that open directly on to the hub space use evaporative air-conditioning as they are not contained spaces. The demountable and new learning areas are fully air-conditioned, (not like when I was a kid, no air-conditioning and we could all go home if it got over 100F… how we longed for the hot days).

You don’t get as many options in a smaller school: Have a look at the options for next year here. Between that sentence and this, I’ve just shown a couple whose kids are at a more expensive and established school through our campus as they want to move. I’m feeling quite emotional as I’ve walked through room after room of engaged, positive and friendly students. It was so encouraging to see them engaged in horticulture (Sausage Sizzle and salad from the food they’d grown), arts and crafts (Stick Christmas trees with led lights and ceramics), D&T (designing amphitheatre seating for our campus, creating wood carved mobiles),Food Tech (busily creating Chinese stir fry), Year 11 students engaged in last learning before next week’s exams.

Here is an excerpt from a parent’s encouraging note to me after our FAMMM festival last term which showcased student’s electives work:

I was reading the article in the community newspaper yesterday and reflecting on the open night at MCC. I was dumbfounded at the broad-spectrum of talent the school has for a relatively small population. That, and the massive representation of students work across a wide variety of projects and products showcased. This spoke to me that not only was there something for everyone (well targeted subjects on offer) but the students were obviously significantly invested in what they were doing.

That just about covers it.

PS if you hear any other myth’s you’d like confirmed or busted, let us know what they are and I’ll be happy to help.

Rod McNeill