Capital Works at SKPS
Our School Council would like to share that there is great excitement on the horizon!
Our long-awaited building works are due to commence in early Term 2. The Andrews Government announced capital works funding of $5,460,000 in 2018. An additional promise of $5,000,00 for further capital works was made by our Premier, Daniel Andrews, on our school ground on the 12 September 2018. The last budget included $503,00 of the promised funding being forwarded for works. We are hopeful that the remaining promised funding will be announced in the May budget. This will allow our building to be constructed in its entirety, rather than a staged approach.
Since 2018 SKPS has been working in close partnership with the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA), LAW Architects, Aurecon and the Department of Education and Training (DE&T). Our School Council and the Building and Grounds Sub-committee of Council have been instrumental in the work they have undertaken. I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Dave Lister (SKPS Facilities Manager), Anabel Herr (Building and Grounds Coordinator) and Simon Wollan (Building and Grounds) who have devoted extensive time, and continue to do so, towards this major project. Ben Pratt, our ex-School Council President was instrumental in getting the funding process underway and has been our school’s champion.
The planned works are available for our community to view. The plans are located in the main office foyer area.
The Works: We currently have a 3 staged plan.
Stage A: The construction of 8 learning spaces in a 2-storey building located on the current King’s Hall site.
Stage B: The construction of a further 8 learning spaces, to the north side of Stage A. This will complete a state-of-the-art facility for our students.
Stage C: The refurbishment of the Hato Building (Main Building) to create facilities for our new specialist programs which will operate from this building in the future.
Demolition Works will commence early Term 2. Please know that at all times the safety and welfare of our community will be first and foremost in our minds. The works area will be securely fenced off at all times.
School Council has endeavoured to keep the elm tree which stands proudly at the edge of King’s Hall. Unfortunately, this is not possible. Many discussions have focussed on the tree. I am aware that this may cause a level of distress amongst community members. The provision of outstanding facilities for our children sadly means the removal of the tree. We are looking into ways that we can perhaps use some of the timber in an alternate and creative way. If you have thoughts regarding this, I would welcome a discussion.
Depending on the outcome of the next budget announcement we will either proceed with Stage A solely, or Stage A and B will be combined and the complete build will occur.
Current Changes: At the moment many moves are occurring across the school. Staff are wonderfully flexible and are putting additional time to moving resources as needed. These moves are all being overseen by Dave and Anabel.
Our Library: our current library will be closing on the 13th of March. Please ensure any books that your children have borrowed are retuned by this date. ‘Mini libraries’ will be established in some areas of the school. The books in the mini libraries will be enjoyed by the children, however they will not be taken home as our borrowing system will be disabled. All children will also be visiting the St Kilda library with their teacher. Laura Keays has been establishing a system with Lucy Todd (CoPP St Kilda Library) who has welcomed the idea of our children once again returning to use their wonderful facilities. This happened when the Manabí Centre was being building and works undertaken in the Shiawase Building. Further information will be forthcoming regarding the library program.
The library will be transformed into a space from which our Visual Arts program will operate. Laura Keays and Lauren Rose will continue as out Visual Arts teachers.
Please take the time to have a look at the plans. Regular updates regarding the works will be provided via Compass.
It is an exhilarating time for our school!