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The Croydon-Maroondah merger is part of the Maroondah Education Coalition formed in mid-2009 to establish a new educational framework serving the Maroondah area of eastern Melbourne. The design and planning has been established around a central platform of guiding principles such as visibility, flexibility and interaction established early during the master planning process with both school communities.

The overall site focuses on the community green – a space envisaged as both a social and learning environment, and has been an area developed to provide a more university-style campus. The new buildings extend in an arc around the top of an existing embankment – a stage set for the common. The area to the ‘rear’ of the new buildings retains much of the existing vegetation, and is a zone that will be developed with a strong ‘eco’ orientation.

The requirement for 2-storey construction has been handled through a series of overlapping arcs which form both part of the built fabric and a screened walkway linking across the site. These act as ‘garden walls’ containing the foreground view on arrival and offering framed views to project courtyards and the environmental belt beyond. The upper levels of the ‘teaching’ buildings are screened to enable a high degree of transparency whilst ensuring adequate sun protection.

Internal teaching spaces will have a high degree of transparency whilst allowing for acoustic privacy where required. The spaces will offer significant opportunity for spontaneous teaching – opaque glass on walls for note taking, recording studios for aural studies, small collegiate areas for guided learning.

ICT capacity, both wireless and hard wired, will be provided across the school, as will facilities for remote observation of teachers and students as part of a PD program for staff. These facilities will also allow for future direct engagement with overseas academic campuses – a 21st century version of ‘School of the Air’.