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Inside Teaching : October 2010
www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org FEATURE 7 Beginning as an experiment in the late 1980s, the Golden Grove Secondary Schools Campus in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs has matured into a successful, multifaceted 21st-century education hub. The concept of shared facilities is about providing an opportunity for cooperative and collaborative teaching and learning between the three different school sectors, on the one site. More than 20 years later, the Golden Grove Campus is flourishing and the opportunities provided by shared facilities for senior school students has proved invaluable. The Golden Grove area is a major urban development in Adelaide’s north-east that has grown very rapidly. Given that rapid growth, there was an identified need for secondary schools in the area. The resulting shared-facilities model saw the establishment of three autonomous schools – Gleeson College, which is a Catholic school, Golden Grove High School, which is a government school, and Pedare Christian College, which is an Anglican and Uniting school – on the one site. A central hub between the three schools is the location for a range of shared facilities. The autonomous and shared- facilities model means each school maintains its own identity, ethos, traditions, manner of operation and facilities. At the same time, it means the three schools can share facilities, in terms of senior school specialised study in art, design and technology, drama, home economics and hospitality, information and communication technology (ICT), music, physical education and science. The three schools also share a senior resource centre. Specialised teaching facilities include: • physics, chemistry, biology and psychology laboratories • four ICT laboratories • a design and technology suite housing two computer- aided design (CAD) rooms, two electronics laboratories, and wood, metal, plastic and automotive teaching areas • a music suite housing a multi- media studio with recording and production facilities, a computer studio, keyboard laboratory, a music studio and a number of individual practice rooms • a home economics suite housing food and textile rooms • a recreation and arts centre with a first-class hockey pitch, three gymnasia, a theatre, a commercial kitchen and a dining room • the Dame Roma Mitchell Centre – a flexible facility that can be divided into a series of smaller spaces to suit the needs of the schools at various times, including dance facilities, two lecture theatres seating approximately 150 people in each space, a stage with associated professional sound and lighting and a kitchen for catering, and • a trade training centre – currently under construction – which will house four There are plenty of benefits for three Adelaide schools that share facilities and retain their autonomy, as WENDY BROOKS, REBECCA SINCLAIR and JEAN HAESE explain.