The new Governor Stirling Senior High School
$63 million has been allocated to rebuild Governor Stirling Senior High School, on its original, and historically significant site. The Redevelopment will revitalise Governor Stirling as one of Western Australia's premier public schools.
The new facilities are currently under construction at the school’s home site on Ford Street in Woodbridge, with project builders, Pindan Construction. Completion due late 2012.
Project Architects, Donaldson and Warn, have designed the new School with the objective of delivering a functional, innovative and inspiring place that engenders positive attitudes and memories of the educational experience.
Lead Project Architect, Dick Donaldson, states the ‘design proposal is an inventive response to the School’s Learning Environment Brief and an embodiment of the School’s vision: Imagine, Create, Achieve.’ The new school will reflect the unique physical and historical qualities of the site, in particular the Swan River.
View the New School Design:
Through the final design Donaldson and Warn have endeavored to provide an adaptable facility that caters for the current education program and needs of the students and staff, and which can accommodate future changes in education delivery methods and organizational structures.
The proposed School design provides, in broad terms, the site layout for the building(s), sports areas (skills play area, co-located basketball and tennis courts), pedestrian and vehicle access, car parking, and hard and soft landscape areas. A new access road to the ‘land-locked’ Woodbridge House has also been provided through the School’s site.
The overall plan of the school is organised around faculty groups of like subject areas (Arts and Humanities; Science, Mathematics, Technology and Enterprise; Physical Education) that include associated staff facilities.
The layout also provides separation between the late adolescent students and young adult areas to take into account the different ways in which students use the spaces according to their age group.
The Maali Centre, is accommodated in a separate single-storey building providing a purpose-build facility to house indigenous student programmes.
In addition to the sports areas being provided on the main site, a large school oval is being constructed as a separate building project under the Redevelopment, on a separate land parcel owned by the School just North East along the river bank.
With a small site of only 4.6 hectares, the School has been relocated to temporary facilities during the rebuild:
- Year 8, 9 and 10 located at the former Midland Primary School, 22 William St, Midland.
- Year 11 and 12 located at Cyril Jackson Senior High School, Bassendean.
Given the rich history of the School, the former buildings hold fond memories for many people. In recognition of this, Governor Stirling has undertaken a multimedia arts project, Snapshots of Change, with local artists Steve Berrick and John Macliver to ‘document the history of School and the Midland area, and the demolition and rebirth of the school’.
Visit Snapshoots of Change, which includes a time lapse of the demolition.
Updated: July 2012