Prep School Goes Back To The Future
When Year 2 and 3 students arrived at their new classrooms for 2008, they were greeted with a spacious, open-plan design bathed in natural light.
The reconfiguration of the Music School into the new Year 2-3 Centre has allowed the School to provide classrooms that are ‘boy-friendly’.
The refurbishment also marks the rebirth of the building, which opened as part of the original Prep School in 1957.
The successful blending of old and new offers students and teachers bright and breezy classrooms with high ceilings, a colour scheme that is conducive to learning and glass sliding doors between rooms for interaction within the year group.
Prep School Headmaster Clark Wight said the rooms, which also incorporate interactive whiteboards, ITC stations and plenty of desk and floor space for working in small groups, had been designed to provide the best learning environment for boys.
However Mr Wight stressed that above all else, the most important component in any classroom was the teacher.
Developments within the Prep School, in preparation for double streaming in the Early Learning Centre, began last year with the conversion of the old uniform shop premises into the Year 4 Centre.
These changes, along with the addition of the Year 2-3 Centre and the installation of the new playground, have given the Prep School a distinct precinct for both learning and play.
Other changes to the Prep School over the 2007/08-holiday period include the relocation of the Peter Moyes Centre downstairs to a more central location with wheelchair access.