Warracknabeal Education Precinct

The Warracknabeal Education Precinct, almost two decades in the making, brings three previously distinct schools—the Warracknabeal Primary School, Secondary College, and Special Developmental School—together onto a single site to establish a new education community. The project completes the entirely new facility, comprising eight buildings and extensive site works including:

  • Administration Building
  • Adaptive reuse and extension of the existing BER Building as the precinct hub, communal library, staff lounge, and Food Tech Building with student kitchen and canteen.
  • Special Developmental School Building with learning studios connected internally, supported by a variety of additional learning spaces (retreat, small group collaboration, presentation, wet area project, multi-purpose activity, food technology and café space), and support spaces (staff workspace, storage, amenities).
  • Manual Activities Building with woodwork and metalwork workshops, staff workspace, and storage.
  • Visual Arts Building with art studios, multimedia/robotics studios, and textile studio, supported by a gallery, informal learning spaces, animation and editing studios, kiln, staff workspace, and storage.
  • YP-9 Building with general learning studios, informal learning spaces, project areas, staff workspace, and covered outdoor learning.
  • Senior/Science Building with laboratory and chemical store, general learning studios, tutorial rooms, kitchenette, staff workspace, and covered outdoor learning.
  • Gym Building with a competition grade sports court supported by a foyer with café, assembly/performance stage, music studio, change rooms, and storage.
  • External landscaping includes a shaded outdoor amphitheatre, external investigative learning spaces, and a variety of outdoor play and sport opportunities. Site infrastructure includes management of pedestrian and vehicular access through a bus loop with student drop-off, car and bus parking, bike shelter, and covered bus waiting.

By establishing a shared campus, the schools fulfill their longstanding goal of pooling resources to offer both the student body and local community a breadth of programs not previously possible. The buildings and the surrounding campus form a single, inclusive, fully accessible learning community with no barriers between “mainstream” and “special development” learning, pointing the way forward for the future of education in Warracknabeal.