Developed on a greenfield site in the outer north western suburb of Melton, Arnolds Creek Primary School was designed to support a contemporary pedagogical approach and to foster the development of a strong community. The development of the architectural design solution involved careful consideration of community linkages, usage after hours and the creation of an inviting and welcoming environment that would embrace the broader community and shape a unique identity that reflects the needs of all users.
Catering to the diverse learning needs and abilities of students from the Melton community, the school provides an environment that encourages students to engage with and take ownership of their learning. The design provides four learning communities which each enable the creation of a variety of different learning settings that focus on the experience of a student while learning. The new Primary School provides spaces for hands on learning, informal spaces for reflection and contemplation, small semi-intimate spaces for small group learning, centralised spaces for presentations and group gatherings, formal learning spaces for direct focused instruction, and outdoor learning spaces that allow students to engage with the natural environment.