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 Grounds Project

The first priority identified under Project GRO is the Glenunga International High School 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 one was completed in term one 2018
  • Zone two will begin exploration in term two 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

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.

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.  


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



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.

Please contact our Governing Council chairperson George Beltchev on