The first stage of a four-stage master plan for new buildings at Rutherglen High School is progressing well with a completion date of September 30 this year.
Known as ‘The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre’, courtesy of $1.6 million from last year’s State Government budget, the 4785sqm centre will be operational for Term 4.
“Almost every employee is a former student of Rutherglen High School which is brilliant,” Rutherglen High School Principal Phil Rogers told the Free Press.
“With Smith All Timber Construction of Rutherglen undertaking the project, it is all local.”
In what is building and student versatility, the multi-purpose STEM Centre will include two main science rooms and a third small science area.
“There are multiple configurations so you can have a range of sciences,” Mr Nolan said.
“Most rooms will have sliding panels. There are different configurations of teaching and different configurations of rooms.
“It is the 21st century with collaboration of working together. It is exciting teaching for the 21st century designed for kids, designed for teaching.”
Mr Nolan said the original design of the 1962-established school has huge corridors which equate to at least eight classrooms; better internal use and less ‘travel’ will result for students.
The STEM Centre is the biggest project since 2012 when another $1.6 million grant, via the Federal Government, resulted in the trade training centre which included a kitchen, restaurant, a metal and wood working area extension.
Subsequent stages in the master plan - subject to funding in future budgets - will also show complete replacement of existing buildings with Stage 2 to related to the junior years of Years 7, 8 and 9 which will feature six sliding walls.
Stage 3 will involve change for the senior years and the final, fourth stage will include a new look administration.
“We will be using The STEM Centre in Term 4, early October,” Mr Rogers said. “We have 280 students and the number of students has been very consistent over the years.”
Trevor Smith of Smith All Timber Constructions is very pleased with the first stage’s progress. He has no doubt about meeting the scheduled completion date and praised Rutherglen High School’s VCAL Program.
“It’s a great asset for the town and district,” Mr Smith said of the new centre and the school overall. “There’s a total of about 50 employees on this job. All of my employees are ex-students of Rutherglen High School who came through the school-based VCAL Program.”