‘What does it mean for ‘place’ if learning can be virtual, immersive, distributed and individual?’ This was one of the questions we explored, at the beginning of our master planning work with All Hallows’ School.
All Hallows is a girls’ school in Brisbane’s inner city. Its heritage-listed campus overlooks the Brisbane River and contains beautiful, historic buildings and contemporary learning spaces.
From the outset, the school wanted a fresh approach. Our work began with a futures forum, a one day seminar which would establish shared understanding and an exchange of expert knowledge between educators and our consultant team. Developments in pedagogy, insights from local and international case studies, new commercial, corporate and community partnerships, and current thinking about positive psychology and well-being were all on the agenda.
The forum helped inform a programme of consultation and co-design which has allowed the large and diverse school community to contribute to the plan. More than 300 students, staff, Board members and parents have been involved. Engagement with the school community has included facilitated workshops, site visits and small group or one-on-one sessions. Members of the consultant team, the school’s leadership team and other staff have also participated in ‘hands-on’ design workshops.
The master plan will guide the development of the school over the next 10 – 20 years and will be aligned to the School’s strategic plan. The master plan report is currently being finalised.
All Hallows’ School
Deicke Richards led the consultant team which included our design partners lahznimmo architects, Aspect Studios, Urbis, Dr John Holm, Steele Wrobel, Cambray Consulting and illustrator Petro Alves.