Project GRO

Project GRO

PROJECT GRO

In 2016 the GIHS Governing Council sought to address the longer-term resourcing options for the school. The background of this decision started with a discussion on how to fund strategically aligned projects that are not covered by Department for Education (DfE) funding and annual Materials and Services fees received from families.

From here the Glenunga Resourcing Options project (project GRO) was formed where a group of Governing Council members and other parents have come together to develop a list of required, probable and possible projects needed by the school that are not currently funded. The group has taken on developing estimates of the funding and resources required for these projects and accountability for investigating and developing fundraising options in order to deliver them.

The first project initiated by Project GRO is

The Grounds Project

The objective of this project is to ensure the grounds of GIHS are optimised and fit for purpose as befits our world-class school. We will do this by transforming the grounds to create outside spaces that can be leveraged for outdoor learning and are both restful and functional zones for students to enjoy during out of class time.

Delivering the Grounds Project will:

  • Enable GIHS to provide an environment where learning isn’t restricted to the classroom;
  • Aesthetically bring the external spaces of the school into the 21st century;
  • Connect students with the environment;
  • Systematically upgrade the nine outdoor areas as identified in the GIHS Grounds Plan;
  • Increase access to drinking water; and
  • Increase shade.
Project Scope

There are nine zones identified for redevelopment in the GIHS grounds development project.

  • Zone four is the focus for 2018
  • Zones one, two, four and six are identified as priority areas for development due to their potential as outdoor learning spaces.
  • Zones three, seven and eight are identified for improving the amenities and appearance of the school for more enjoyable use by students and staff.
  • Areas five and nine will not be managed as separate and individual projects but rather incorporated with other works.
  • Zone one was completed in term one 2018
Current Focus – Zone Four

Zone four is a heavily utilised area between the Music Suite and the gym, it is one of the few outdoor areas that has shade and is the scene of many fundraising and student led events.

The intent for zone four is to improve its usability by increasing the seating and adding a significantly larger shade structure. The goal for this multi-purpose area is that it be utilised during breaks for eating lunch, socialising, supporting social inclusion and that it’s usability as a student led event space is enhanced. During class time the seating, shade and proximity to Wi-Fi will make this a very usable space for outdoor learning. On our wish list for this zone is an outdoor kitchen!

How you can get involved?

Your support is essential to creating this significant upgrade to the school environment and we gratefully acknowledge the support of parents who contributed expertise, funds and time to the completion of zone one. If you are in a position to support the project through funding, please donate online using 1321306 – Governing Council: Project GRO or at the finance office. Your donation will be tax deductible.

Additional donations of building material, pavers, timber would be useful. You might also like to join the GRO group that meets monthly and share your relevant expertise.

Please contact our Chair of Project GRO Jeanette Miller on miller.jeanette32@gmail.com

Zone One completed May 2018

Zone one occupies one of the largest green spaces within the GIHS grounds. Previously the usable infrastructure here was a series of worn benches and tables in amongst lawn edged by a garden bed.

Zone one has now been totally rebuilt with areas developed that provide collaborative spaces for outdoor learning and smaller defined spaces for quite time and reflection. Zone one includes a shelter structure with a raised seating platform underneath and several smaller seating spaces within the garden bed. Feedback from students have been very positive with 78% saying they are satisfied or very satisfied with the refurbishments.

A significant and important feature of zone one is the Sam Kellet Memorial. Sam was an English, EALD and Home Group teacher at Glenunga who tragically lost his life at sea in 2014. Sam’s loss was felt profoundly by the school community and he remains deeply missed by the students whose lives he impacted.

Before:

The photos below show Zone One as it was prior to demolition which commenced in October 2017.

After:

The photos below show Zone One which was completed in May 2018.

Zone Two

Zone Two is a heavy traffic area in between the Performing Arts Centre and the Gym, importantly it is also adjacent to the canteen so serves as the canteen courtyard during recess and lunch.

The intent for zone two is to improve its usability by increasing the seating and adding a shade structure. The current isolated benches in this area do not promote social interactivity so the seating design is an important aspect of this area. The goal for this multi-purpose area is that it be utilised during breaks for eating lunch, socialising and most importantly supporting social inclusion, and during class time the seating and shade make this a usable space for outdoor learning.

How you can help the Grounds Project…

Your support is essential to creating this significant upgrade to the school environment. To support the project through funding, please donate online using 1321306 – Governing Council: Project GRO) or at the finance office. Your donation will be tax deductible.

We acknowledge that our parent body makes significant contribution to the school, partnering with staff and students to ensure that GIHS continues to lead in education, innovation and academic standing. This funding request will ensure that our school has the capacity to meet the wider needs of our students, to improve their learning environment and to continue to support their wellbeing needs.

Additional donations of building material, pavers, timber would be useful. You might also like to join the GRO group that meets monthly and share your relevant expertise.

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