And it’s proving popular with teachers and students. Year 12 student Kimberley Wynhorst said the spacious, airconditioned classrooms were well equipped with laboratory equipment and technology, such as digital projectors.
‘In the hallway, window displays capture students’ interest with preserved specimens of organisms,’ she said.
‘The environment is visually stimulating and this helps engage the students. We are very positive and proud of our new facilities.’
Principal Glenys Campbell said the school’s new South Wing ” part of a $56 million transformation package ” had been under construction on the old tennis course site for two years, replacing science classrooms that had been in use since the school opened in 1955.
A new art block has also opened along with most of the specialist teaching areas, including a library and resource centre, home economics rooms with cafe, health and physical education classrooms, canteen, administration, and gym.
‘Current works on the site are now focusing on the eastern and northern sides of the school, and should be completed during the second half of this year,’ Mrs Campbell said.
Some of the features the school community is still looking forward to include refurbishment of the original school buildings to accommodate student services, all of the English, maths, society and environment, performing arts and music classes, and areas to accommodate the first Year 7 students in 2015. The construction of a tennis pavilion, and fencing, landscaping, and carparks are also eagerly anticipated.