PENSHURST CAPITAL WORKS
The physical transformation of the College site since 2014 has been significant. After years of consultations, discussions and planning the commencement of construction in April 2014 has already beared considerable fruit. As with any major project of this size considerable thought has gone into the design, functionality and ongoing development of the site, all aimed at achieving one overarching goal – what best supports and improves student learning. It is this focus that has led to the creation of wonderful and welcoming learning spaces that the students are now embracing and celebrating every day. There is still so much more to look forward to.
The College vision for learning ‘Aspire to be Inspired’ has been a critical factor in the building process. In fact, with the vision for learning in place before the capital works commenced, the way students learn was the key consideration in designing the spaces for their learning. In essence, the design of the spaces is based on the premise that the building is there to create an experience where students and teachers are inspired to love learning.
Already in the first three years of occupying the spaces there is an audible buzz around learning in the La Valla Learning Centre and C Building. Students are using the break out spaces in different ways to support their learning, sometimes in groups, sometimes on their own. The group sizes vary and teachers and students mix in a seamless learning hub that integrates classrooms, seminar rooms, multi-purpose spaces, lounge seating and benches. These buildings known as Stages 1 & 2 of the Master Plan are a hive of activity all day. What is abundantly clear in the use of the new learning spaces is that their design and functionality not only supports the College vision for learning but further enhances it.
The scope of works for the Master Plan includes:
The La Valla Learning and Ministry Centre – completed.
Administration and Student Services – completed.
Science, General Learning Areas, Staff Common/Study, Creative Arts – completed.
Music, Dance, Drama, Commercial Kitchen, General Learning Areas and Cafeteria – estimated completion April 2018.
Initial planning is underway to examine the remaining facilities (including expansion of TAS and a large multi-purpose gathering space) that are needed for the site.