Building a Better School

In 2015 Harrison and White Architects were commissioned to undertake a masterplan to establish the agenda for the short, medium and long term future of the buildings and facilities at the school.

The masterplan identifies key issues, constraints and opportunities of the site and proposes a vision for renewal for the site in short, medium and long terms. This document forms part of the school’s aspiration to connect the built environment to the teaching and learning methods of the school and will assist the schoolin making long term decisions, providing a dynamic framework for growth and renewal.


The school’s future is linked to the effective use of its site. The school has a sense of space with its large site, the masterplan seeks to offer better opportunities for the use of this space through built form and landscape.

Educational & Spatial Strategy

Through engagement with the school, a paedological and spatial approach of a ‘learning journey’ has been developed. This involves a long term vision that sees students migrate through renewed facilities starting at Prep in a new entry village building. Moving anti-clockwise students will migrate through new and and refurbished learning environments aimed at being completed for the Prep cohort of 2015 completing primary school through contemporary learning spaces.

Further site organisation for day to day circulation around an organised series of clear lines draws upon the qualities of the existing school. The current courtyard is seen as a key space in the School with key axis crossing this space.

These axis aim to pick up the existing entrance points to the school and highlight them, connecting the school. These axis better define the existing large central outdoor space in the middle of the site. New building elements would be accessed from this clear pathways.


Ecologically sustainable design principles are embraced in new and re- conditioned buildings. The drawings on the following pages describe the staged nature of this strategy. The time frame of this development strategy is dynamic; allowing it to be accelerated depending on the rate of enrolment change.

Educational Outcomes

The masterplan has responded to the need for exemplary models for Catholic education, and allows for these to occur over time. It has demonstrated key ideas of flexibility, better use of modular construction, integration of technology, external teaching space are valued by stakeholders at Good Samaritan Primary School.

The proposed configuration of educational spaces would allow for a variety of educational environments that progress from traditional teaching spaces to informal collaborative teaching modes, striving for educational excellence in an inspiring and motivating atmosphere.

New flexible teaching space designs will promote a variety of teaching methods encouraging the growth of the individuals learning and developing in different ways and at different rates.

  • Foster a sense of belonging and connectedness to school as a Home Group is provided for each student.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet identified student needs.
  • Increase capacity of students to manage their own learning as they progress through the stages of schooling.
  • Support higher order thinking, communication skills and technological literacy through ubiquitous access to learning technologies. Additionally, students will have increased access to authenticate learning tasks on a global scale.
  • Socialisation and wellbeing will be fostered through open spaces that are welcoming and promote collaboration and teamwork.
  • Enable staff to engage in collegial practice for the continuous improvement of student outcomes that are responsive to each student’s unique learning and developmental journey.
  • Enable a range of learning activity (creative exploration, individual reflection, collaborative problem solving, direct instruction).