Work has now commenced on the construction of the Knox Senior Students Academy, a new facility which will meet the specific learning needs of Years 11 and 12 students as they transition from school to the more independent world of future studies.
The building, designed by Jones Sonter Architects, includes:
- Technology rich classrooms and science labs with operable walls for team teaching
- A 150 seat lecture theatre
- A Senior Hall, which will be used for teaching, exams, study and socialising
- A 600 square metre Senior Student Resource and Research Centre
- Breakout spaces for group learning
- A café for senior students
- Modern amenities and a rooftop terrace for students’ recreation
The building, which will cost more than $25 million, has been designed by researching facilities at the top schools and universities around the globe. The building will replace demountable classrooms which were on the site up until earlier this year.
“Senior students have very specific learning needs and this facility has been designed to ensure our Year 11 and 12 students thrive and have the very best academic support,” said Headmaster John Weeks.
“This landmark building will allow Knox teachers to engage with their students by taking a more innovative and creative approach in their teaching practice.”
“The architectural features and facades of the building have been designed to reflect and celebrate Knox’s traditions and heritage.”
Construction has commenced this week, with the building expected to open early in 2015.
This project follows the opening of the Great Hall and Aquatic Centre in 2011 and the redevelopment of historic Ewan House as a modern Year 6 centre in 2012.