29 Jul 2021
It is worth remembering that we have been entrusted with this beautiful school and a great deal of funds and resources have gone into constructing a contemporary building to match our contemporary approach to learning.
Construction of the P-6 in Denman Prospect was already well underway in 2020. In February, the ACT Government announced that there would be a new school in Molonglo; a P-10 school, Canberra’s 89th public school and second zero-emissions school. The sod-turning event for the high school was held in February 2020.
In September of that same year, we organised a Naming Event to acknowledge and celebrate the community’s selection of the name, logo and uniform of the school. These images present a very different view of what we now know and love as Evelyn Scott School. They also serve as proof that a great deal can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.
(Caption: Minister Berry, Bradley Bell and Jackie Vaughan at our Naming Day Event, September 2020)
In February 2021, all staff and learners began the year in the same junior primary building and our OSHC program ran their services out of the preschool building. Since then, the Foundation Team has utilised the brand new buildings and playgrounds with our learners, managed the frequent dynamic nature of this active construction site and watched the school change with the regular opening of new learning spaces.
Take a look back at the construction of the school. Please click the link below to see a video of the evolution of construction in the first 12 months of Evelyn Scott School. Please find link here: Evelyn Scott School Flyover
The Foundation Team at Evelyn Scott School were so excited to officially take ownership of the gym and the learning spaces within this building. The gym boasts two industrial kitchens, a large canteen, a self-contained kitchen and small cafe style space specifically for our Before and After School Care Program and a modern dance and music space. Whilst the creative arts and food technology spaces have been designed for our high school learners, this wonderful new space presents some amazing opportunities for our children now. Our outdoor spaces have been completed and our large cricket pitch, tennis courts and oval are ready for school and public use.
(Caption: our magnificent new gym)
A contemporary school utilises learning spaces in innovative ways. The Foundation Team at Evelyn Scott School were excited to officially take ownership of the gym and the learning spaces within this building during Term 2, 2021. The gym boasts two industrial kitchens, a large canteen, a self-contained kitchen and small cafe style space specifically for our Before and After School Care Program and a modern dance and music space. Woden Community Services have recently moved over to the gym late Term 2. We hope that families, children and Woden Community Services enjoy the new OSHC space.
Whilst the creative arts and food technology spaces have been designed for our high school learners, this wonderful new space presents some amazing opportunities for our children now. You may have also noticed that our outdoor spaces have been completed and our large cricket pitch, tennis courts and oval are ready for school and public use.
Whilst our gym is beautifully set up for sport, it will also become an exhibition space, a place to run Thinking Carnivals, create music and dance performances and take advantage of the state-of-the-art sound system, a place to invite community to celebrate future focused learning and children's achievements.
It was wonderful to host our very first whole school assembly on 24 June. It was well attended by families and community, a great opportunity to celebrate Positive Behaviours for Learning achievements and our Songbirds sang beautifully. Thank you to all of the families who attended. This building offers limitless and innovative opportunities for our learners and our community.
I was fortunate to win the position of Foundation Principal in August 2020 and as soon as I started, I had the pleasure of working with members of the Joss Construction Team. It was such a unique experience to work with members of Joss to help design the playgrounds and select components of the build. Every principal dreams of building a school from the ground up. Every day we appreciate the attention to detail, the care and the high-quality product that Joss has delivered. I know that our learners appreciate this too.
(Caption: Our learners contributed to a Gratitude Book that was presented to Joss Construction at a whole school assembly.)
As Joss continues construction on our high school buildings, due to commence in 2023, the Evelyn Scott School community continues to enjoy our preschool, primary school, gym, playground and surrounding outdoor learning spaces.
Please find a link here to a short video of our school: YouTube This clip showcases our interior and outdoor learning spaces.
(Caption: Our new library is now taking shape.)
The Leadership Team will now start to turn their attention to the planning phase for the high school whilst Joss Construction continue to work tirelessly on completing our new library, technology spaces and our high school buildings. My regular walk-throughs are a highlight of my work and continue to be very impressive and inspiring. These walk-throughs inform our planning and once again we consider how we, as educators, will ensure that our contemporary approach to learning will suit the contemporary buildings.
As the Foundation Principal of Evelyn Scott School, I reflect on the past 6 months of operation and the previous year of construction with pride and gratitude. I remember that documenting the process and celebrating the journey is as important as the final product. I look forward to the next 6 – 12 months as we complete the high school and welcome our high school cohort to Evelyn Scott School.
(Caption: Our high school buildings, June 2021)