Christ Church Grammar School has a long history in education. It has called Punt Road in South Yarra home since 1898, and has become one of Melbourne’s best co-educational schools for K-6 students.
In that time, the school has grown and changed in other ways. Principal Chrissy Gamble says the latest redevelopment, designed by Sally Draper Architects in association with McIldowie Partners, is one of its most exciting evolutions.
“In terms of the buildings, you only need to have a look on Punt Road to see how beautiful they are,” Chrissy says.
“They’re very historic buildings, so anything that we build needs to incorporate a seamless blend of the old and the new.”
The latest redevelopment will include an environmentally friendly building in the centre of the school, with learning studios, a resource centre and a state-of-the-art visual arts centre making up some of the new spaces being built.
“The building has been designed around our teaching philosophy, which focuses on literacy and numeracy learning,” Chrissy says.
“Those learning studio spaces allow us to have differentiated groups every day.”
Chrissy says the new resource centre – previously the school’s library – will offer digital and analog (book) learning.
Christ Church Grammar School’s well-established memorial hall is also getting a new visual arts centre, which will include places for students to try sculpture, woodwork and stonework.
“It’s an expressive space,” Chrissy says.
“It honours the fact that at Christ Church Grammar School we have a really outstanding arts program, not only in the visual arts, but also in the performing arts.”
“We have designed observation holes near the construction site so the children can see what is happening. Our children have delighted in that and it’s becoming embedded in some of their learning.” – Chrissy Gamble