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New approach to primary school design for Canberra

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Embargo: i 0am Thursday 22 October 1970 NEW A PPROACH TO PRIMARY SCHOOL DES IN FOR CAN BEEEA

The Department of Education and Science

anno^mced today that an approach new to Canberra in the design of government primary schools is to be introduced in the Australian Capital Territory. This new approach which has been tried in South Australia and elsewhere

with stimulating results, will provide a flexibility of space, equipment and furniture not previously available in traditionally designed schools.

In its new approach to primary school accommodation planning the Department is including "open plan" areas which will be carpeted and provided with sound absorbent ceiling. Teaching areas will range in size to that required for the equivalent of four classes. The space provided is to be used as a whole or subdivided into small areas by furniture separation. The existing style of desks will be replaced by tables which can be joined together in a variety of shapes to

suit special activities or which can be moved apart for individual work.

The inclusion of open plan areas in primary

schools in Canberra follows consultations with the school inspectors, principals and teachers, culminating in a visit of their representatives to see open plan schools in operation in Adelaide.

New primary schools to be opened in 1972 in the suburbs of Fisher, Rivett, Holder. and Latham and in 1973 in Holt will incorporate limited "open plan" cress.

Schools at Weetangerra in Belconnen and Duffy in ieston 'Creek to be opened in 1973 will incorporate more

comprehensive open plan arrangements.