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How Victoria’s Big Build is inspiring future engineers, designers and archaeologists

“Our Grade 5 students have had an amazing experience, imagining and creating their own theatre right in the middle of Melbourne. Metro Tunnel’s resources have really helped students to work together in the Minecraft environment and develop the skills they need to become city-builders one day,” says Jordan Chamerski, Woodend Primary School. Read more

LEGO student design competition

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is calling on Victorian students to express their architectural and artistic flair for the chance to have their school constructed in LEGO.

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Project Playgrounds

Project Playgrounds pops up in Queensland, Victoria

While we continue to brighten up playgrounds Australia wide, we are very pleased to announce our increased capabilities in Victoria with the inception of Project Playgrounds Victoria and our partnership with Living Colour in Queensland.

Taking advantage of our experience in the field, the expertise of our partners and in keeping with our commitment to bring our wonderful thermoplastic markings to every school across the country, this will allow us to offer a more responsive and reliable service to the Victorian, Southern Queensland and Northern NSW markets.

The team at Living Colour (based on the Gold Coast) have over 20 years experience working with schools and helping them bring dull areas to life.

“We can see how the Project Playgrounds product can add so much value to the playground spaces of any school. It ts so well with what we are doing with schools already. With our wealth of experience in the sector, we look forward to being able to offer it to our existing and new customers alike. We also know that by being on the ground in the region and our reputation in the sector, clients can be con dent in the service they will receive.”

The team at Project Playgrounds Australia, together with their partners, are excited about the expansion of the business. We continually strive to offer more options through capabilities, product range and bespoke designs. Although we have installed in over 200 schools throughout the country already, we never tire of the experience – the excitement of the children when they have a new set of playground designs to jump around!

At Project Playgrounds, we believe that every school, no matter how small or where they are situated should bene t from a playground that is permanently bright and vibrant and is as educational as it is fun. As such, our markings are colourfast, UV stable, anti-slip and non toxic. – everything that painted markings are not.

Project Playgrounds Victoria Pty Ltd has people on the ground in the Victorian region ready to brighten up your playground! Contact us on 1800 264 307 or at vic@projectplaygrounds.com.au. Living Colour can be contacted on 07 5520 7577 or at admin@lcqp.com.au.

Project Playgrounds Australia 1800 264 307 or info@projectplaygrounds.com.au.

Treehouse design for Golden Square Primary

See a primary school campus designed by students

At Golden Square Primary School, the students can take satisfaction in knowing they had a hand in the design of their surrounds.

Following the 2009 merger of Maple Street Primary School and the original Golden Square Primary School, K2LD Architects were commissioned to design a new campus that would help bring the two student bodies together in a seamless transition.

To come up with the right concept, the architects decided to turn to the students for inspiration and, after a lot of sketching, it was collectively decided the new school should resemble a treehouse.

Situated on Maple Street in Bendigo, the new school campus was completed in June last year, with a formal opening ceremony performed last Friday.

Golden Square Bendigo
The new Golden Square Primary took its design cues from its students’ imaginations. Click to enlarge.

“Children are particularly sensitive to change, so we felt involving them in this process from the beginning would ease the transition and foster a sense of ownership over their new school,” said Golden Square Primary Principal, Barry Goode.

For K2LD Architects, this meant extensive consultation with the school community in order to create an environment in which the two former schools could be united.

“Our sessions with the students, teachers, parents and wider community allowed us to gain an appreciation for the internal dynamics at play and tailor a solution in which each group’s specific concerns were addressed and priorities met in a single expression that is at once practical and playful,” said K2LD Principal, Tisha Lee.

“We were amazed at the intensity and passion of the children; their ideas blew us away and the resulting ‘treehouse’ theme didn’t require any art of suggestion from our end, it was absolutely their own concept.”

The new school’s masterplan consists of a central administration and specialist building that houses reception, office, art, library and staff facilitiies, which is then flanked by two double storey buildings, containing four ‘learning communities’.

These learning communities includes four homerooms clustered around a central collaborative space, with additional staff resources and meeting rooms in each.

The two storey nature of the school buildings allows for a greater student capacity than was available previously, and also plays into the treehouse concept envisaged by the students.

“The added height feeds into our treehouse concept, allowing us to get creative with ‘trunk’ and ‘canopy’ inspired levels, whilst the withdrawal spaces offered an opportunity to create play ‘cubby’ spaces,” Lee said.