Redevelopment hits milestone
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.