Fishermans Bend Secondary School (interim name) will be a visually striking and innovative new vertical school that will cater of 1100 students, and open for Term 1, 2022.
The school was conceived as a fit-for-purpose education facility with spaces the community could share after school hours. Department of Education and Training (DET) pedagogy principles guided designs that encompass a learners and learning-centred approach; enhanced inclusion and a commitment to sustainable values. The design was also informed by the overarching Fishermans Bend Framework planning strategy and lessons learned from other vertical schools delivered by the VSBA, along with community and stakeholder consultation.
Local Identity, Global Outlook
Fishermans Bend Secondary School’s unique identity honours the area’s maritime history, industrial past, proximity to the ocean and Spirit of Tasmania ferry. Sand dune formations present in the area prior to European settlement are depicted in the material treatments on the south and east façades, while the colour palette of the metal façade panels reference the local shipping container yards.
State-of-the-art STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) spaces featuring a robotics workshop and fabrication lab - will expose students to high-tech career pathways aligned with the Fishermans Bend framework’s objective of being home to Australia’s leading design, engineering and advanced manufacturing precinct.
Contemporary Environments with Learners and Learning at the Centre
Fishermans Bend Secondary School consists of a series of neighbourhoods - general learning spaces or a combination of specialist and general learning spaces - arranged around a cross formation on each level. Environmental and sustainable design initiatives such as food production gardens and rainwater collection, enhance the quality of the school environment while also serving as tools for students to learn about environmental sustainability.
Connection with the Local Environment
Outdoor learning on all levels will be a key component of Fishermans Bend Secondary School. On the ground floor, the school opens onto a variety of landscaped social and communal spaces, an amphitheatre, dining and seating areas and food production gardens. Physical links to the outdoors and visual connection to nature and natural light throughout – affords students a sense of passing time and changing seasons. Generous outdoor terraces such as the science courtyard and robotics testing facility extend teaching, learning, collaboration and reflection spaces on the upper levels.
The school is located in the middle of four distinctive areas - J.L. Murphy Reserve to the west; heritage circa 1950 homes to the south; a future employment precinct specialising in engineering and technology to the north and a commercial precinct to the east. Each of the school’s façades reflects the particular characteristics of its surrounding context and has visual and physical ties between the learning environments and the local community.
At Home in the Community
Responding to the anticipated urbanisation of Fishermans Bend, the school’s main entry will shift from the south (the current student catchment area) to Plummer Street in the north, as the proposed civic boulevard and tram stop are developed.
Four distinct quadrants on ground level – gymnasium, performing arts, Learning Resource Centre (and Level 1 mezzanine) and food technology - are designed to be shared with the community outside of school hours subject to school programming.
Amenities that allow the school community to come together include the gymnasium for whole-school gatherings; a 200-seat lecture theatre and learning neighbourhoods for smaller groups.
Diversity of Spaces
Within each neighbourhood there are a range of environments with unique acoustic properties, from vibrant, collaborative spaces to quiet reflective areas and smaller enclosed rooms. Each space is designed to support different learning outcomes, activities and individual learning styles and needs.
A clear main entry leads into a shared atrium (the school’s heart), where a generous internal ‘social’ staircase and lift provide access to all parts of the building. To assist wayfinding, each level is distinguished by a different colour theme, clear lines of sight and an emphasis on visual and physical connection between spaces, inside and out.
Activity and Health
The gymnasium caters for physical education and recreational activities through to competition grade netball and international competition-grade basketball. A vibrant ‘urban garden’ adjoining the gym provides the school and community with multi-functional outdoor hardcourt areas for sporting and recreational activities.
The performing arts studio, external amphitheatre and outdoor terraces also double as recreational areas.
This Project is currently out to Tender for a Main Contractor with an appointment expected in September 2019.
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