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Wyndham Central College / Brand Architects

Wyndham Central College is a transformational success story, going from an underachieving School with no sense of community or pride to the vibrant and connected campus it is today.  Located in Werribee, Australia ? the College has undergone a rebranding exercise that has turned this government-run secondary school into something more akin to one of Melbourne?s privately run colleges.  The revitalisation left no part of the school untouched, from the uniform, to the name to the physical buildings and landscape.

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Architects: Brand Architects

Location: 101 Shaws Rd, Werribee VIC 3030, Australia

Architect In Charge: Laurence Robinson and Gerard McCurry

Project Year: 2015

Photographs: Rachel Dere

© Rachel Dere

From the architect. Wyndham Central College is a transformational success story, going from an underachieving School with no sense of community or pride to the vibrant and connected campus it is today.  Located in Werribee, Australia ? the College has undergone a rebranding exercise that has turned this government-run secondary school into something more akin to one of Melbourne?s privately run colleges.  The revitalisation left no part of the school untouched, from the uniform, to the name to the physical buildings and landscape.

© Rachel Dere

Before 2012, Wyndham Central College, then called Galvin Park Secondary, was a school in trauma.  Many of the buildings suffered severe storm damage and had to be closed, resulting in the need to bus students off-site for classes.  In 2010 an Extended Diagnostic Review of the College painted a picture of poor student learning outcomes, engagement and pathways, low staff morale and poor community perception.  The school was underachieving, in the 10th percentile of government schools. 
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Brand Architects were appointed in mid-2012.  To begin the engagement process they took staff on guided visits to other leading Victorian schools.  The College community found this a fantastic beginning as it empowered staff to articulate their goals and aspirations for their new learning spaces.

© Rachel Dere

It was the College?s educational vision to endeavour to rebrand the entire campus within the fixed budget provided by the government.  New cladding materials, render over the old brown bricks and splashes of colour freshened the facades of the old 1970?s buildings.  Existing buildings were steel-framed with concrete floor slabs, enabling them to be stripped and spaces repurposed to suit a modern curriculum. Through reusing, recycling and adapting, the embodied energy of this project was kept low.  

© Rachel Dere

The refurbished buildings are now unrecognisable, their long, dark corridors with low ceilings have been eliminated and are now light-filled collaborative learning areas linking together teaching spaces and nooks for small group lear...
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