BAYSWATER PRIMARY SCHOOL
Bayswater Primary, a modest school in Melbourne’s suburban east, prides itself on its close-knit community, in which every student is focused on equally.
With such an individualised approach to education, the school’s new modular admin and classroom building accommodates both one-on-one teaching and group learning settings that place priority on each student. The building – which replaces its predecessor as part of the Victorian School Building Authority’s asbestos removal program – places a high emphasis on the relationship between spaces and people.
Its three general purpose classrooms are connected using operable walls and a common multi-function breakout corridor area. This supports flexibility, the open-plan collaborated teaching philosophy of the school, and provides a large space for special events. In addition, sliding doors connect the classrooms to the internal thoroughfare, allowing the corridor to be used as an extension of the classrooms. Meanwhile, teachers’ offices and shared quiet withdrawal spaces for one-on-one teaching sessions are situated off the common breakout space.
Flexible accessories and furniture support the adaptable nature of the build, with pinboards and whiteboards located in key areas to allow for various teaching set-ups. Bag cubby joinery has been designed on wheels to allow the teachers to adjust spaces for individual learning, small group learning and open plan learning within each classroom.
Ample full-height openable windows and large glazed doors provide natural ventilation and light to all spaces, while a covered external decked area creates a seamless flow between outdoor and indoor.
Opened 140 years ago as a 9x5m wooden building in the middle of bushland, Bayswater Primary is a school with a rich history. This has not been forgotten, as the new building thoughtfully includes a display area for historical school items, paying homage to the institution’s decades of educational work.
Externally, the façade incorporates gentle and welcoming curves, and is clad in a simple palette of timber and painted robust fire cement sheeting. The curved elements emphasise entry points and create an encouraging funnel-like effect for entry.
“The new building is particularly exciting for our school as it provides our students and teachers with modern and progressive teaching and learning spaces. Families and visitors will also be received in a much more attractive and practical entrance and reception area,” says the school.
In addition to the classrooms, the building includes a front of house administration area with a reception desk, principal’s office, staff room, first aid room, welfare room, meeting rooms and staff amenities.