Campus Development: Stage 8
• Building 9 (five classroom block)
• Carpark extension
In response to rapidly increasing enrolments, Swan Valley Anglican Community School began construction of Stage 8 during 2020. Building 9 is a single classroom block consisting of five classrooms, all with operable walls. This enables the entire block to be opened up into one single room for senior exams. An advantage of the site is its separation from other classrooms, allowing for a quiet zone when required. This has been especially appreciated by Years 11 and 12 students.
The building was designed to have sweeping views over the nearby lake and Egerton Park. The rooms are light, bright and airy. Teachers have commented on how enjoyable and inspirational the rooms feel.
A new colour palette was chosen for fixtures and fittings throughout. This will now become the standard throughout the school. Students and staff love the new spaces, including the new style of desk and chair, as well as the addition of another 100 of our signature brightly coloured rainbow lockers.
The original carpark behind the site was also extended to allow for more staff parking. This, in turn, freed up more parking spaces for visitors in our main carpark adjacent to the Administration block.
On April 1 2021, Stage 8 was officially opened. Our special guests included The Right Reverend Jeremy James tssf (Assistant Bishop of Perth), Mike Giles (Chief Operating Officer, Anglican Schools Commission), Doug Swingler (Chair of School Council) and Current and Past Members of School Council.
Campus Development: Stage 7
Secondary School Classrooms and Outdoor Courts
The Official Opening and Dedication of the Swan Valley Anglican Community School Secondary School Classrooms and Outdoor Courts took place on Friday 31 March 2017. Known as the school’s ‘Stage 7 Development’ the new precinct comprises seven classrooms, one staff room, two change-rooms, a landscaped central courtyard and multi-purpose hard courts. A distinguishing feature of the classrooms is that connecting doors open to create large classrooms or sizeable conference spaces.
Formalities began with a Welcome to Country by noted local Aboriginal artist, Mr Phillip Narkle, who also conducted a smoking ceremony in the native garden ‘to cleanse the land’. Mr Narkle also commented on the series of twelve Aboriginal artworks he had been commissioned to paint for the new buildings. He said, “It was a great privilege to be asked to paint the murals for the school and plot the story of the land from before and after European settlement.” Each painting “depicts a little bit of that history”. The collection marks the passage of time; from the ancient Balga (grasstrees) and traditional Aboriginal life, to the start of the grape industry in the Swan Valley and the modern town hall clock in Midland.
The colourful paintings, which are displayed on the outside of the buildings, focus on the fauna and flora of the Swan Valley; showing their relationship to Aboriginal culture and how they have adapted to the seasons and changes in their habitat over time.
The paintings are a significant acquisition for the school.