New Whyalla Secondary School

New Whyalla Secondary School

Thomson Rossi, in collaboration with Cox Architecture, have won the tender to design the new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla, that will accommodate 1500 students in Years 7 to 12.

The new state of the art school will be designed with an entrepreneurial hub and contemporary STEM facilities, giving local students the opportunity to learn skills in innovation, advanced technology and to study in areas that have strong links to the local industry.

The new school will combine the three existing government school campuses in the region – Edward John Eyre, Stuart and Whyalla High schools and will be a ‘world-class school with dynamic and adaptable learning environments for students and staff’.

and several STEM facilities across the state.

Education Minister John Gardner said that the announcement marks a significant milestone in delivering the new school that the region needs.

“This is a major project that will deliver world-class, contemporary school infrastructure to Whyalla students, create jobs in the community and contribute to South Australia’s economic growth,” said Minister Gardner.

“We have confidence in the future of Whyalla and we are supporting the region’s young people with the best possible education facility. We expect the new Whyalla Secondary School to reflect modern architecture at its best, with learning being strengthened through collaborative and flexible learning spaces. Located in the Whyalla Norrie district between UniSA and TAFE SA facilities, the school will create an education hub that will provide students with access to more resources.”

“Whyalla’s next generation will be able to experience the same environments found in modern workplaces and leading tertiary institutions, preparing them for life beyond school. The Marshall Liberal Government is delivering the biggest investment into education by any state government in South Australia’s history, which includes more than $1 billion worth of capital works across the state.”

Cox Architecture and Thomson Rossi were delighted to be announced as the successful team and are looking forward to working with the Education Department to deliver the project. Commencing with a passionate understanding of the Whyalla community and the distinctive regional landscape, Thomson Rossi looks forward to creating a landmark transformational school incorporating a new range of inter-disciplinary learning environments of global significance.

Port Augusta Secondary School

Port Augusta Secondary School

STEMWORKS – Port Augusta Secondary School

Project location:
Port Augusta, South Australia

Department for Education

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The new STEM and Visual Arts Facility at Port Augusta Secondary School replaces aging Tech Studies Facilities and creates a new focus for the learning precinct of the School. The new building is informed by its location at ‘the gateway to the outback.’

The two opposing pods, one Stem and one Visual Arts, take advantage of the fall across the site being linked by a covered outdoor learning area. The central area designed with tiered seating for casual and formal learning opportunities and potential interaction between the two learning streams, while allowing large areas of glazing for natural lighting and ventilation sheltered form the harsh outback sun.

Stripped back to its bare essentials, with structure and services exposed and with raw finishes, the building becomes a machine for learning, whose exposed workings aim to inspire the creation of STEM project work and facilitate the process of making.


STEM Works Upgrades

STEM Works Upgrades

Thomson Rossi has been engaged by DPTI to create STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in five South Australian Schools as part of an SA Government stimulus package. There has been growing attention globally, and more recently in Australia, on the importance of STEM as a core driver of student learning. Not only does this integrate areas of the curriculum, but it also challenges traditional spaces at school; what’s the difference between a Science Lab and a STEM Space? STEM uses existing knowledge and date to develop new insights on solving a complex problem with creativity. This rich methodology has therefore seen the increase in maker spaces, coding, media labs, robotics, 3D printing, Science Fairs, and challenge-based competitions in and around schools. These types of experiences aim to stimulate student learning and motivation around STEM, but often require more specifically designed spaces and resources to generate the highest impact possible. Students, like workers in complex industry seek; challenge in their learning or work; collaboration on those challenging projects; choice in how to meet objectives; responsibility for making decisions about their learning or work; respect for the learning decisions they make; and real things to get stuck into, not fake, pseudo problems.

South Australia Drill Core Reference Library officially opened

South Australia Drill Core Reference Library officially opened

The new $32.2 million South Australia Drill Core Reference Library was officially opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis on Wednesday 17th February.

The Premier’s statement reads “This flagship facility will bring together more than 7.5 million metres of drill core samples from across the State, capturing more than 100 years of exploration,” Mr Weatherill said. “It is a one-stop-shop for industry and geoscience explorers seeking easy access to the State’s inventory of drill cores generated from historical and recent exploration efforts, enabling companies to better target potential discoveries. “It will boost exploration opportunities, unlocking the potential of South Australia’s resource wealth for many decades.”

South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy President Terry Burgess said the facility is one of the “unique core libraries in the world” and holds cores dating back more than 100 years. “When geologists drill a hole they will interpret it at the time so the knowledge is based upon that moment and as knowledge increases some of that historical drilling can be re-addressed and reinterpreted … discoveries are going to be made in this building,” Burgess said.

The Drill Core Library incorporates a drill core viewing area, conference and education rooms and the latest 3D facilities that provide scientists with a 3D view of geology and mineral deposits under the earth’s surface. The facility also provides direct access to South Australia’s extensive library of geoscience information through SARIG (South Australian Resource Information Geoserver).

Thomson Rossi Architects partnered with Aurecon, Hansen Yuncken, Bianco Precast, Boral and Adelaide Brighton Cement and the specialist drill core viewing tables were manufactured by Southeast Conveyors.