Upgrades build on school legacy

Mount Gambier High School’s new building works made possible by the State Government’s $6m capital works project were officially unveiled last week, attended by Education Minister Blair Boyer.

Among the new additions to the school are a cafe-style canteen, flexible learning spaces and modern science labs.

The two new buildings and the science block were named after people who made significant contributions to Mount Gambier High School.

The buildings were named the Mary Anne Fenwick Building, Toni Vorenas Building and Bill Downs Science Building.

One building supports the school’s flexible learning program (FLO) enabling students who learn better with a modified program to access teachers and resources in this area, while the other has five classroom spaces, meeting rooms and areas for collaborative group work.

The construction was completed by Kennett Builders using local trades where possible and was designed by architect Grieve Gillett Andersen.

Minister Boyer said it was a wonderful investment in the future of learning and education in Mount Gambier, bringing modern design to the forefront to ensure great outcomes for students.

“The students at this school are benefiting from this investment not just in terms of the usable space, but by creating an environment they feel proud of,” he said.

“I’m delighted that I can be here today with the school community and be part of opening this incredible new space as we have been able to come to fruition this wonderful vision from the past labour government.”

Mount Gambier High School Principal Annette Ryan said the design supported the school’s value of “belonging” and reinforced the concept that greater levels of social skills and self-regulation by students occurs in open, purposeful and welcoming environments.

“There has been a deliberate design emphasis on enabling students to work more effectively in small groups in the science labs, while the canteen area has been redesigned to build a more welcoming cafe-style area that encourages students to sit and meet during break times,” she said.

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