School rebuild’s top award

AWARD WINNING SPACE: Libby Boland, Helen Li and Mieke Hagan are among the host of grade1/2 students at St Mary’s benefiting from the award-winning space. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

A FIRE may have fast-tracked the new-look classrooms at St Mary’s but the new learning space is now setting the awards trail ablaze.

The Myrtleford primary school’s Junior Learning Centre has just won a Learning Environments Australasia award, for the Best Renovation Under $2 million.

The project had previous won the state chapter for the award.

The judges said the unfortunate event of a fire at the school enabled the complete ‘gutting’ of the area previously identified for refurbishment and allowed for a highly functional, environmentally sustainable and contemporary design to emerge.

The school will now push ahead with a further $260,000 refurbishment of the area that includes a “black box” room for multimedia use.

Principal Ashley Marsh said the award was not judged on aesthetics alone but also the success in what once would have been called a classroom.

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