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She is particularly pleased with the way
the design allows more opportunities for
parents to participate in the life of the school.
'We wanted to make parents feel con-
nected and feel welcome in the school, so
we have a dedicated space for parents with
younger children to meet after school drop
off. The parents' lounge also encourages the
sense of community and makes people feel
comfortable about being involved in their
children's schooling. Our new learning cen-
tre has the capacity to be used as a commu-
nity meeting space, as well as operating as
a kitchen, a cinema and a library depending
on the lesson,' she says.
'I'm not artistically blessed, but my team
and I knew what would most benefit the
school community -- and that's what we got!
The end result demonstrates what can be
achieved by a design team really listening
to educators,' she says.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary
School in Wyndham Vale, in Melbourne's
west, is another project that took into
account many of the latest trends in educa-
The process of designing the brand new
school began with the preparation of an
architectural master plan. The plan was
designed to accommodate 450 students in
three learning communities, with 150 stu-
dents in each, providing for large and small
group instruction, small group study areas
and discussion spaces, a projection and
drama area, multimedia facilities, a large
wet area and art area, a science and technol-
ogy area, and several quiet spaces.
According to the school's founding
principal, Jennifer Poon, the final design
allows for indoor and outdoor learning,
fluid movement throughout an acoustically
designed building, and movement of air and
plenty of natural light within the learning
St Anne's School
It's a similar story at St Anne's School in
Kew East, where the new school hall dou-
bles as a community centre.
According to Baldasso Cortese architect
Paul Hope, who worked on the project's
design team, the St Anne's project presented
as a civic intervention as much as a multi-
'At St Anne's, the new building needed to
aesthetically complement the existing build-
ings on the street,' Hope explains.
'The site lies between a traditional red
brick school building and an art deco cream
brick church and it was a challenge to create
a new building with its ow n presence, with-
out competing with the original buildings
and the streetscape,' he says.
The new building's fine lines are angled
and set back sensitive to the existing
Acting principal at St Anne's, Karen
Coghlan, said the end result was success-
ful because the design process was entirely
interactive and inclusive.
'We were treated with the utmost respect
during the process. Our ideas were valued
and the end result shows the collaboration
worked,' she says.
Steve Cortese, Design Director at
Baldasso Cortese, says the collaboration
between architect and educator is integral to
delivering the best possible design outcome.
'The current trends in educational design
are exciting and innovative. If changes are
managed well, the results are environments
that are stimulating and interactive, respon-
sive to students needs, and beneficial to
teaching staff,' he says.
In short, good school design equates to
a better educational outcome. T
Hal Cutting is a partne r at Victorian-
ba sed architectural firm Baldasso
Pictured, pages 48 and 50, St Kevin's
Primary School, Hampton Park,
Melbourne; cover, St Anne's School,
Kew Ea st, Melbour ne. Photos courtesy
of Baldasso Crotese.
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