Planning and collaboration underpin our successful facilities program
The educational programs of Eltham North are supported by a diligent, cohesive community and a well resourced infrastructure.
In the past decade the school has been transformed to accommodate 26 classrooms with the addition of a Community centre, Science Lab, Mindfulness centre, Performing Arts centre, OSHC centre, Library, Visual Art facility, Gym and an upgraded Administration area.
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Extensive landscaping provides a range of active and passive play areas with four adventure playground zones. Astro turf covers our main assembly, prep and Year 3/4 play zones and our new 5/6 grass lawn outside the library. Outdoor environmental activity areas include a two pergola covered learning areas, veggie gardens, worm farm.
Our sun-lit architecturally designed buildings are designed for flexibility of purpose. Networked with high speed ethernet or fibre optics. Wifi is deployed across the school with high density WAPS allocated to all classrooms and specialist areas. The provision of greater space and technology resources serves to respond to learners developmental needs and innovation in pedagogy.
We have dedicated internal spaces for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Science & Cooking, Mindfulness, Library and Gymnasium
The school was initially designed by Clarke Hopkins Architects and includes a learning neighbourhood for Prep – Year 2 students consisting of 12 classroom learning spaces and 5 support rooms. The Specialist zone includes an Art room, Out of School Hours Care room, large hall, canteen, Library and ICT Lab, Environmental Cooking and Science Lab, Music Centre with attached keyboard lab and Instrumental Music room. The Year 3 + 4 zone supports 6 classroom learning spaces and the Year 5 + 6 zone supports 7 classroom learning spaces and two spare multi purpose learning space.
Read on for recent updates to our buildings and grounds.
Extensive roof work completed. The main school roof is new and improvements made internal ceilings, cupboards and fitouts in classrooms.
The 2011 BER Development is a two storey building situated to the north of the existing structures. The year 5 students are located on the first floor zone with 3 flexible learning spaces and a break out multi-purpose room. The same set exists for the year 4 classes on the ground floor. A small kitchen and two disabled WC’s are included in the foyer. A bridge ramp links to the year 5 upper level from the playground and year 6 relocatables and a grand staircase divides both levels.
The old library was transformed into a large Staffroom, kitchen and Conference room. The old staff room is refurbished as a science lab / cooking learning centre. These redevelopments were relatively easy to undertake but required an allocation of funds and support from parents (trades required include builders, carpenters, electricians and plumbers).
Four grand cubbies and mud kitchen were built in the Prep area and a gar gar pit in the 3/4 area. We completed more than $60,000 (school funds) of works to fit the new atrium cover for sun shade and rain proofing in 2018. Many small creative play spaces were created as part of an playspace plan in the Prep - year 2 zone.
Additions included 4 cubby houses for the Prep - 2 children and the year 3 + 4 area received a ‘gar gar pit’ ( this is a hexagonal shape with sand in it. Children have a large ball and they tap it around to try to get each other out). On our year 4 camp at Mt Evelyn our children always enjoyed this activity so it has been very special to install our own back at school. Our students were active in making suggestions about the design and they made some ceramic tiles for a walk path and helped with some planting and landscaping.
The new modern toilet blocks were completed in term one. Shelter in Place Building Works were completed in our Early Years Learning Centre ( all year Prep - year 2 classrooms). This work included covering all eaves, replacing windows and doors so that fire embers cannot penetrate the building. New playground was installed in the middle school area behind the assembly court.
Maintenance to our synthetic courts were completed and lots of seating installed through the play areas for children to sit and chat.