the new Keilor Campus Junior School
The new purpose built Junior School building features 20 classrooms, a library, staff room and a variety of offices and smaller intimate learning spaces. Exciting new spaces have been specially designed to suit the learning needs of children in their earliest years of schooling. Every classroom has views to the Maribyrnong River Valley and opens into a shared open plan learning area.
Considerable attention has been given to the area of Information Technology, particularly in relation to the most current and practical technology for Prep to Year 4 students. Students will be using portable devices via the College’s wireless network. iPads that were trialled in 2011 will be used to enhance learning from 2012. Built into every classroom is the latest interactive projector whiteboard technology.
The building itself will be a learning tool, with special features incorporated into the design, enabling students to monitor its impact on the environment, daily weather patterns, water consumption and its carbon footprint. There are a number of sustainable features, such as solar panels, which provide sufficient energy each day to supply the lighting needs of the building.
There is even a dedicated and fenced Prep and Year 1 outdoor learning and recreation area, directly accessible from classrooms for children in the first two years at school.
Students enter a facility that excites their imaginations, inspires and fosters a love of learning and inquiry and conveys the sense that they have crossed the threshold from the larger world into a more intimate community where every person is respected.
Parents will be able to drive up to the front entrance of the new building each morning and afternoon to drop off and collect their children; and of course, there is our ‘Before and After School Care’ program for working parents.
The high quality facility has been designed by McIldowie Partners, with specialist advice about learning space design from Dr Peter Jamieson of the University of Melbourne, and has been constructed by award winning building firm, Qanstruct (Australia) Pty Ltd.