Better schools for our kids is a key priority of the ACT Government who is investing in initiatives to improve our schools and build state-of-the-art facilities.
A school modernisation has commenced at Campbell Primary School and Narrabundah College. Some buildings at both sites are nearing sixty years of age and have reached the end of their useful life. Over time, the fabric of the buildings has altered, and walls are subject to cracking. Due to friable asbestos material being present, some of the existing buildings cannot be upgraded. Therefore, these buildings will be safely demolished. The air monitoring levels have continued to confirm there is no detection of asbestos in the air.
The installation of 22 new transportable buildings at Narrabundah College provides contemporary learning and teaching spaces, as well as break out areas for students, and a range of specialist learning spaces to support the quality learning we have come to know from Narrabundah College, and all our ACT public schools.
These new spaces for the Science, Arts, English, Philosophy, History, Politics, Learning Support and French Baccalauréat faculties, will serve the students of this school community well, providing them with a comfortable, bright and spacious learning environment or ‘village’ as it’s affectionately referred to. The transportable buildings are fully insulated and have energy efficient reverse cycle air conditioning.
Students and staff commenced teaching and learning in these contemporary classrooms at the start of term 3, 2018.
The three aged double storey buildings, Blocks B, C & D (located at the northern end of the college site) have been closed off and will be demolished safely by expert contractors in periods when students are not at school.
The demolition process will follow these steps and the work is expected to be completed in term 1, 2019.
Narrabundah College will work with the college community to involve them in the planning and design of learning spaces for the future. The community will be informed about the opportunities to be part of this planning phase and we encourage the college community to think about the type of modern school they would like.
Campbell Primary School
The modernisation of Campbell Primary School is well under way with the demolition of the aged buildings (Block B and the Annexe) completed during the 2017/18 summer holidays. Students and teachers moved into the 10 new transportable learning spaces at the start of the 2018 school year.
The ACT Government announced that the 2018-19 Budget will deliver $18.8 million to both replace buildings at Campbell Primary School with new, modern learning facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure. The construction of a new building and refurbishment of the Junior Wing and Library will be a part of the school’s modernisation and will occur over a period of four years. This work will deliver a contemporary learning environment and modern facilities for students, teachers and the local community.
The school community has been working together to shape the future learning spaces at the school and this information will be used to develop the master plan for the new buildings and modernisation of the school.
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