Adelaide Botanic High School expansion almost complete

Adelaide Botanic High School expansion almost complete
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Students have settled into the new building at Adelaide Botanic High School, marking the near-completion of the $98 million expansion project.

The extension, built to cater to current and future demand in the CBD and inner north areas, has introduced over 9,000 square metres of new teaching, learning and working spaces.

The seven-storey building features a rooftop sports area, a ground floor café and student services reception for senior students, an entrepreneurial hub and STEM labs.

Adelaide Botanic High School principal Alistair Brown highlighted the excitement shared by both students and staff. “Everyone has managed extremely well in the temporary situation of all being accommodated in the original buildings so far this year, but we are looking forward to making full use of the new building,” said Brown.

“My focus has always been to ensure that we teach our students in a way that prepares them for the real world, and our new building allows us the room to do that.

“It will add to our ability to ignite the passions of our students as they explore their creativity, strive for excellence and take advantage of being in the middle of Adelaide’s cultural precinct.”

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Last week, students guided South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and Minister for Education, Training and Skills Blair Boyer on a tour of the new building.

“On my visits to nuclear shipyards in the United States last week, I was struck by the scale of work ahead of us to prepare for AUKUS,” said Malinauskas. “The simple fact is, we need more girls and boys learning STEM. Many more.”

“New state-of-the-art facilities like these will enable more kids to learn science, technology, engineering and maths at a high-quality STEM-focused public school, in settings similar to what they will experience in the future workplace.

“There is so much opportunity now for young people here in South Australia and this project is a testament to the importance we place on education and ensuring our young people have the skills they need to enter the workforce and contribute to our state.”

Cox Architecture, who was responsible for the award-winning design of the original Adelaide Botanic High School building, also took on the design of the expansion to ensure the new tower fit seamlessly with the original buildings. As with the original towers, the new building has a sustainable design that minimises energy and water use.

The expansion has significantly increased the school’s capacity, increasing from 1,250 to 1,950 secondary school students.

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