It is with great anticipation and excitement that we have officially taken ownership of the first stage of the Grammar Early Years Precinct this week. Over the next two weeks, we will see the landscaping finalised and temporary fencing come down as our current Prep students prepare to move into the new building alongside many of our Primary Leadership team.
Monday, 29 August will be the first day for our current Prep students in their new classrooms. Thank you to our teachers, parents and staff for your patience during the build and for your assistance as we prepare for the move.
We have been in a fortunate position to be able to design and build this precinct from the ground up, providing us with the opportunity to reimagine our teaching and learning environment with additional consideration of our weather patterns, our environment, and needs for collaborative spaces for our teachers and the growth of our school.
The Grammar Early Years building explores relationships of space, light and shape within its modern architecture. Its curved structure can be likened to an eye wide open and taking in the world around it. Very fitting as our wide-eyed learners enter their journey in this aesthetic precinct in which every aspect has been carefully considered through the lens of a child.
The cool ground floor space will support a broad range of activities including our perceptual motor program and will allow children to escape the elements if required and add to the sensory landscaped playground.
The classrooms, on the second floor, extend and merge into an enclosed gallery that offers a hybrid of outside and inside learning. Boasting naturally styled alcoves for small group learning, a purpose-built low island bench perched in front of a teaching kitchen, for inquiry into cooking, experimenting and science.
The classrooms reflect new ideas and trends boasting teaching walls, high ceilings, reading nooks and purpose-built storage. The new Prep building will create a calm, well-organised, well-maintained, beautiful space where courage and curiosity are born.
Collective discussion between Deicke Richards Architects and Grammar Staff has enabled teacher voice with intent and purpose. This Grammar Early Years building has been constructed to inspire future generations.
“We are incredibly excited and fortunate to have been a part of designing and having input into the building of our new purpose-built Prep Precinct. The flexible classrooms, teaching kitchen and thoughtful resources will be at our fingertips and the children are going to love the new inquiry-based, interactive playground”. Mrs Geraldine Frohloff – Prep Teacher
The Grammar Early Years Precinct is Stage 1 of 4 on our current primary building masterplan to be completed. A very big thank you to our Primary staff for their input and consultation through the project and also to our Business Manager, Lyn Stokes for bringing this project to fruition.