School Modernisation Program

Background

The ACT Government announced in the 2018/19 budget that it will invest $18.819 million for the modernisation of Campbell Primary School. This will comprise new learning spaces to accommodate 450 K-6 students, an upgrade of existing buildings, landscaping and ancillary works. The modernisation of Campbell Primary School strengthens the ACT Government’s commitment to improve school facilities and build state-of-the-art, sustainable educational facilities.

Community Engagement

In 2018, the Education Directorate invited input from community members and other stakeholders of Campbell Primary School to be involved in the design for the future learning spaces at the school.

The purpose of the community engagement is to:

  • obtain feedback from the community to inform the future learning spaces including: the buildings and landscape, play and social areas, community connection and accessibility; and
  • provide the community with the opportunity to help shape the school, so that it best meets community expectations and needs.

The engagement process aimed to capture views/feedback using the following principles as a framework: Learners and learning, Community, Wellbeing, Sustainability, Technology and Diversity.

The engagement activity occurred throughout Terms 2 and 3 of 2018, capturing input/feedback through:

  • 57 voices – video recording of current students in years 2-6;
  • community workshops with parents, staff and neighbours;
  • an online survey for parents, staff and year 5-6 students.

You may like to watch our short video 57 Voices where students shared what they best like about their school and what they’d like the school to look like in the future. The 57 voices reflect a student ‘voice’ for each year Campbell Primary School had been open. The video can be viewed here.

https://youtu.be/Q2xwLhk8HHQ

Masterplan Concepts

Using the ideas and comments obtained in 2018 from the workshops and community survey, two masterplan concepts were shared with the school community throughout July/August 2019.  Masterplan Option 2 was identified as the preferred option. This is the concept which delivers a double storey building, allowing all students to relocate into the learning communities. Feedback received from the school community indicated general support for this concept; providing equity for all students and minimising the impact on school operations with one transition of students and staff into the new buildings.  The concept design has also been assessed to ensure it meets the necessary design principles and the allocated funding for the school’s modernisation.

Preferred Masterplan Concept  – three new learning communities

CONCEPT MASTERPLAN 2_ LOWER LEVELS

CONCEPT MASTERPLAN 2_ UPPER LEVELS

What happens now?

The Directorate is continuing the procurement process with two shortlisted companies who will develop their design as part of a formal tender process. It is anticipated that this process will be finalised in early 2020.  Once the contract is awarded, there will be further opportunities to provide input to the detailed design of the new building(s).

How will students and staff transition into the new building(s)?

  • The building will be constructed and when completed all staff and students will move into the new learning spaces.
  • The junior wing will be securely fenced and demolished.
  • The transportable buildings will be removed from the school over time.

How will 21st century learning environments be achieved for all students?

  • All students will be in the new flexible contemporary learning space.
  • All students will have access to the new STEM centre.

How can I provide feedback or ask a question?


You can email questions to campbellps@ed.act.edu.au.

Timeline

Parallel to changes in the physical structure of the school, staff will be developing a learning and teaching model to support the delivery of 21 century learning.

Environment

I’m excited about how these concepts will deliver a contemporary and functional educational environment for the school community and I look forward to continuing this journey together.  In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the modernisation of our school, please contact me on 6142 3580.


Paula Kinsman
Principal