Atwell CollegeEdit profile
Atwell and Kim Beazley School is an innovative and dynamic new school in Perth’s Southern suburbs which is founded on the principles of ‘inclusivity and diversity’ and is the flagship for the delivery of inclusive education throughout Western Australia. This new ‘education village’ brings together some 1800 students including 70 high needs students to share a vibrant educational environment. The village includes the Kim Beazley learning community for high needs students, 6 learning communities (Yr 7 to Yr 12), science, arts, food technology and associated learning spaces, recreation facilities, administration, performing arts and media, a café, library and student services. It is the library, the café and student services that form the heart of this learning community. Located in the centre of the village and equally distant from all other buildings this combination of pavilions is a wonderfully unique and vibrant set of elements which include a flexible and voluminous library space speared by the long café and student services element. The location and configuration of the café relates strongly to the library as well as to the performing arts building which opens out to an outdoor stage. The library, café and student services building will bring a new dimension to the school concept in Western Australia focusing on diversity in learning and knowledge access. Communication, debate, technology, wireless access and mobility are principles of how this building operates. The building is a gateway to the world for all students both physically and virtually. This hub extends itself into all parts of the school and onward into the homes of the school community through IT and the creation of a want to gain knowledge and learn. Each learning community is located around the central elements above and each has equal access to these elements and school community life. The Kim Beazley Community which provides learning areas, therapeutic facilities and a therapy pool for many high needs students is directly linked to this central place and each other Learning Community is equipped and designed so as to embrace students with special needs within the mainstream education environment with no obvious or apparent differentiation. A vital part of the expression of the school’s vibrant outlook has been a collaboration between architects and the public artists. The project is comprised of 8 buildings and external playing fields on a large site in a new suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Primarily single storey except for one building the primary building materials are ‘tilt up’ (precast) concrete with relief patterns set into most panels, ‘Vitrapanel’ printed panels, metal cladding, roof and glazing. Structure is primarily steel with concrete used on the two storey building and steel roof systems. All roofs are metal and pods which protrude from some buildings are Alucabond. Paving throughout is concrete with patterns overlapped with proprietary paving ‘paint’ system. Due to very tight timeframes the completion of the project was required to be undertaken in two stages in order to open the Kim Beazley and Year 7 Learning Communities for the start of the 2008 school year. The rest of the school was opened for the start of the 2009 school year.