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Mount Ridley P-12 College, established in 2009, is located in the City of Hume, one of Melbourne's growth areas. Situated on a 13.66 hectare site along Hampton Street in Craigieburn and approximately 26 kilometres north of the CBD, the College includes provision for primary and secondary students. The projected long-term enrolment is 475 primary students and 1,100 secondary students, with a peak enrolment that will be considerably higher. It is envisaged that enrolments will rise rapidly in line with the experience of other schools in the Craigieburn area. Currently there are 1540 Prep - Year 10 students.  As a result of staging the College's growth, Year 11 students will commence in 2014, bringing the College’s overall enrolment close to 1800 students.

 

The masterplan provides for a College with curriculum provision and facilities for students in Prep to Year 12 governed by a single School Council. It incorporates an innovative and flexible design to meet new and changing pedagogical approaches to State education. Located adjacent to the community hub developed by the Hume City Council, the College is working closely with the early learning and childcare centre in integrating learning and teaching programs so as to achieve a seamless transition into primary school. Adjoining recreation facilities established by the Hume City Council, Stockland, the AFL and both the Calder Cannons and North Melbourne Football Clubs are also providing opportunities for shared ventures. The College has developed a Community Garden project which is focussed on providing students of all ages with the opportunity of working with outside community groups for the purpose of learning, applying and sharing practical sustainability and health living skills.

 

Construction of Stage 1, the Prep-4 area, was completed in 2009. The buildings are based around Learning Neighbourhoods with creative, interactive and reflective spaces in each neighbourhood. There are Prep, Years 1 and 2 and Years 3 and 4 Learning Neighbourhoods. The creative spaces are being used for small group work and for problem solving or project based work. In the centre of each of the neighbourhoods there is a `family room'. This space is being used for social interactions, team teaching and larger group work. The aim of the `family room' is to assist students improve their communication skills and prepare them for life in the wider community. There is also reflective space for individual work, reading, collaborative work and computing. The buildings open onto outdoor learning spaces that provide additional interactive settings. An art area is also incorporated into each neighbourhood. In addition, there is a separate music space, a multipurpose room and gymnasium that can be used for the performing arts and indoor recreational activities. A canteen, resource library and administration area service the P-4 Learning Neighbourhoods.

 

Stage 2 facilities (Years 5-8) were opened in 2010 and saw the commencement of Secondary School provision beginning with Year 7. The $7 million project includes two Learning Neighbourhoods incorporating art facilities, large interactive learning and teaching spaces, lecture and creative studios, and specialist science rooms. As in the Prep to 4 buildings, each Learning Neighbourhood has flexible learning areas that promote creative, interactive and reflective practices. An administration area servicing the needs of the Middle School is based in one of the Learning Neighbourhoods, accommodating the Middle School Principal, support and senior staff. Teaching teams are also located across the two Learning Neighbourhoods. A full sized gymnasium, performing arts centre and outdoor stage have also been constructed. The performing arts centre includes a music studio, instrumental music learning pods, drama room and exhibition gallery.

 

The opening of Stage 3 of the building program occurred in 2011. At $4.1 million, this building project consists of the College's main administration facilities, student services and counselling area, a student cafeteria, conference facility and 150 seat tiered auditorium. State-of-the-art hospitality/food technology classroom kitchens are directly linked into the cafeteria's commercial kitchen facilities so that it can be utilised as an added resource for students. A Resource Centre featuring computer pods, a quiet reading area, internet style café, exhibition and display areas, and reference and research spaces has also been built. The completion of this project saw the College extending its Teaching and Learning programs to Year 8.

 

Construction of Stage 4 was fully completed in May 2012. It consists of technology, multimedia, visual arts and senior science facilities. A major feature of the art and technology facility is the series of external courtyard areas which will allow students to undertake projects involving the use of materials such as paint, clay, wood, metal and fabric. A senior student art studio, lecture theatrette, exhibition area, and high-tech TV and film studios have also been built. The Year 9 Learning Neighbourhood has been operational from the beginning of 2012. It focuses on continuing the development of skills and knowledge through core offerings, along with the opportunity of undertaking specialised programs. The learning environment supports students in building the habits of taking responsibility for directing their own learning through personal learning plans - habits that will last long beyond their school years. The addition of these facilities has enabled the College to offer programs for our Year 9 students.

 

The final stage of construction will include Learning Neighbourhoods for Years 10-12 students. When finished, Stage 5 of the masterplan will include the addition of much needed counselling, administrative and teaching and learning spaces for our senior students (Years 10 – 12). In the meantime, DEECD has provided a number of relocatable General Purpose Classrooms (GPC’s) and temporary specialist facilities.

 

When fully established, the College will consist of three Sub-Schools:

  • Junior School (Prep to Year 4)
  • Middle School (Years 5 to 8)
  • Senior School (Years 9 to 12)

 

Each Sub-School is overseen by a Sub-School Principal.