After 3 years of planning, design and construction, Ashburton PS is thrilled to announce the completion of its new learning environment. The new buildings represent the most significant facility development in our school’s 85 year history. Complementing the heritage features of the original main school building, the new wing creates a dynamic and varied school grounds that make Ashburton a compelling centre for primary learning.
On April 30, 2013, the first classes were held in the three new light-filled buildings on the south western wing of the school grounds. Each of the three main classroom pods – labelled the Exploring pod,
Connecting pod and Discovery pod – deliver teaching and learning infrastructure tailored to 21st century education practices. Open plan classrooms create flexible learning spaces that allow a variety of teaching methods to be delivered. The L shaped configurations of the main teaching spaces allow teachers to collaborate and work together at desired times, while still having the space to develop strong relationships their own group of students. In between main classroom areas, each pod also incorporates a ‘neighbourhood zone’ with reading spaces, presentation area and wet area connected to shared outside learning spaces. The internal environment and design of each pod is slightly different to reflect the developmental needs of the children.
In addition to these three classroom pods, a purpose built Arts Precinct Area is located in the heart of the school, to the west of the Plaza. It features a dedicated visual arts room, media centre and television studio. The precinct also includes a well resourced Library, which will be accessed by all students as the epicentre of the school.
These new facilities are also complemented by our gymnasium complex, which was completed in 2011 with funds from the Federal Government BER program. The complex houses a full sized, sprung timber floor basketball stadium, internal toilets, performing arts studio, storage areas, industrial kitchen and hall complete with stage. The Japanese room is also within this complex.
The redevelopment of the heritage building will be completed early 2014. The internal refurbishment includes eight classroom spaces upstairs with access to internal toilets, presentation area, withdrawal spaces, storage and library resources. The ground floor houses refurbished Office spaces, First Aid room, toilets, staff facilities and a conference room.
Outdoor play spaces include a natural sandpit, dry creek bed, wetlands, an oval, cricket pitch, synthetic grass, netball, basketball and four square hardcourts, Junior and Senior agility play equipment, rotunda and passive shaded play areas.
Our aim is to make every child’s educational journey a positive, enriching experience and equip them with the skills to actively contribute to their 21st Century environment. With the completion of these new facilities, students at the school will enjoy a unique learning environment, where teaching practices and classroom facility design integrate to create a holistic approach to teaching and learning.