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Mernda Central P-12 College

Award winning school a 'learning and teaching' laboratory

The new Mernda Central P-12 College was designed as part of the New Schools PPP Project which has delivered 15 new schools within a number of Victoria’s fastest growing metropolitan and regional communities. Located on a greenfield site, adjacent to an existing community centre, Mernda Central P-12 College has been designed to support the development of a vibrant school environment and to be a key part of the local community. At the heart of the campus, a Central Plaza provides students with a place for learning, playing, sport and social interactions, whilst also facilitating community use outside of school hours.

Mernda Central P-12 College has been conceived as a place that students will want to attend, both during school and after school; an educational hub for children of all ages. The whole school is a learning and teaching laboratory designed to support the social, physical and intellectual development of every student. The campus features four Junior and four Senior Learning Communities incorporating an agile learning model; a shared Specialist Learning Building comprising science, materials technology, design, arts and media spaces; an Administration & Resources Building with integrated staff hub, consultation rooms, zoned resources and adaptable spaces; and a Community Zone incorporating double Games Hall, Music and Performing Arts Facilities, Food Technology, and Community Hub in close proximity to a Learn to Swim School.

Mernda Central P-12 College has been designed as a place for everyone regardless of their age, gender, cultural background or ability. The design recognises the differing learning orientations and needs of learners, providing agile environments that allow students to flourish through learning in a way that best suits their needs.

Our Practice is part of the Learning Communities Victoria Consortium which is working on the development of 15 new schools to be located in some of Victoria’s fastest growing communities, including the Mernda Central P-12 College. Located on a greenfield site, adjacent to an existing community centre, Mernda Central P-12 College features Junior and Senior Learning Communities each with associated shared Specialist Facilities, Administration Building with integrated Staff Hub and Junior/Senior Resources, Learn to Swim Pool, and a large Community Zone incorporating double Games Hall, Music and Performing Arts Facilities, Food Technology and Community Hub. The design is focused on creating a strong sense of community, with facilities and learning communities arranged around a central plaza that provides a place for connection, learning and leisure. All of the built facilities have been consolidated to promote strong links between learning communities and occupants, especially teachers.

ADDRESS

70 Breadalbane Ave, Mernda VIC

STATUS

Complete

AWARDS

Best new Construction / Entire New Education Facility - A4LE Australasian Region Educational Facilities Awards, 2018

Best Combined School - Victorian School Design Awards, 2017