The first of September not only marked the start of spring, but also welcomed an important milestone for Thorndon Park Primary School’s STEM Works project.
Chappell Builders have begun building work on the $1 million refurbishment, with the project designed by Anthony Donato Architects scheduled for completion in late December.
Once furniture and equipment are set up, students can expect to enjoy the new facilities for the 2018 school year.
The refurbishment of the school’s Building 4 will include a new library and information technology area, along with multipurpose mathematics and science labs. Speciality facilities include a new media room, complete with projector, 3D printer and green screen and a nutrition demonstration area.
Principal, Dora Iuliano said the redevelopment will not only deliver improved facilities and resources, but will help ensure students become more critical and creative in their thinking.
“We will be working hard with our staff to stretch the minds of our learners. We encourage student voice and choice in learning and promote authentic problem-solving in real life situations.
“We will be promoting our powerful learning habits through engaging workshops for our parents, learning community and neighbouring schools. The STEM Works initiative provides a range of teaching and learning opportunities to develop each learner’s skills and capabilities not only for future employment, but life skills in general,” Ms Iuliano said.
The redesign incorporates the latest in environmental sustainability thinking, to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Emphasis has been placed on passive design such as optimal orientation, as well as sun shading, high efficiency fluorescent lights and a new 10kW solar panel system.
This is the 28th school to start construction as part of STEM Works. It is anticipated that all 139 projects will be completed by the end of 2018.