The design for the new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla, which will combine the three existing government schools in the region, has been revealed today.
Located on Nicolson Avenue between the local University of South Australia and TAFE SA campuses, the new school will offer a world class learning environment for 1500 students in Year 7 to 12 with strong links to further study options.
The sustainable design will mirror Whyalla’s unique environment and complement the city’s natural landscape. It will create greater connectivity between formal and informal learning spaces, as well as indoor and outdoor linkages.
Key features of the design of the new Whyalla secondary school include:
- A 3 storey build with a STEM focused design
- Contemporary learning spaces, multi-level outdoor learning and social spaces
- A landscaped plaza at ground level
- Double court gymnasium, expansive sporting fields and courts that can be utilised by the community
- Performing arts theatre and outdoor amphitheatre
Construction is anticipated to commence in early to mid-2020, with the school opening in Term 1, 2022. The school will replace Edward John Eyre, Stuart and Whyalla High Schools.
Local students and educators were consulted on their vision of what the new school would include. Reflecting that engagement, Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, designed the school to reflect the history and traditions of the existing high schools while creating its own sense of identity that embraces the whole community.
The concept design showcases what will be a world class, modern learning environment that Whyalla students deserve.