Re­de­vel­op­ment hits mile­stone

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You -

STAGE one of a $16 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment at Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege is com­plete. The new se­nior school has been de­signed to pre­pare stu­dents for ter­tiary and work en­vi­ron­ments with more open and col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing spa­ces. Once fully up­graded, the se­nior school will oc­cupy three lev­els and each floor will have learn­ing and com­mu­nal spa­ces. Stage one of the re­de­vel­op­ment in­cluded the ex­ten­sion of the li­brary and learn­ing en­rich­ment cen­tre. Prin­ci­pal Beth Black­wood said the re­de­vel­op­ment would en­able stu­dents to study in­de­pen­dently or in groups. “As many stu­dents will now be 18 by the time they leave school, the new Se­nior School will be a far more ad­vanced learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. “Stu­dents of to­day need to be much more self-di­rected and in­de­pen­dent if they are to thrive at univer­sity and beyond. “They need flex­i­ble spa­ces where they can do their own re­search, meet up to col­lab­o­rate and dis­cuss ideas, or gather as a year group.” Stage two of the re­de­vel­op­ment will in­clude up­grades to the pas­sages and class­rooms in the maths cor­ri­dor and the en­clo­sure of the Hazel Day Drama Cen­tre plaza to be­come a dance and move­ment teach­ing area. Stage two is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the start of school next year.

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