Preston High School’s new designs have been unveiled with help from the local community.

The former Preston Girls’ Secondary College site will re-open as the new co-educational Preston High School in Term 1, 2019, when it will take its first cohort of Year 7 students.

We’re converting the former school’s central heritage building into modern new classrooms and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre as part of the exciting $5.08 million upgrade. This will make use of the building’s 3.9m-high ceilings and generously sized spaces.

Plans for the new Preston High School also include an upgrade to the gymnasium, relocation of the canteen and administration facilities, demolition of non-heritage buildings and innovative landscaping of outdoors areas.

These works will give students the modern school facilities they need for a great education, within the existing heritage buildings.

The project is part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017-18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as supporting local jobs.

The master plan design incorporates local community input gathered during February’s extensive community engagement.

More than 2,000 people visited the Preston High School’s engagement website across the month, with 345 completing an in-depth survey, 81 making public comments and about 200 attending a community workshop.

We took all the feedback and prepared a report which you can access on our website: Victorian School Building Authority Preston High School

Preston High School Community Briefing

The architects, education experts and project managers will brief the community on the master plan and answer any questions you may have.

Thursday 22 June

6.30pm to 7.30pm
Preston Town Hall
284 Gower Street

To RSVP and for further details visit the Preston High School Community Briefing event page.

Please watch the video.

Community session video

How we engaged with the community

We have closed the opportunity to comment on the site and fill out the survey.

We have left up the comments and survey, as this will be of interest to the community.

Preston High comment map

Comment board

27 February, 2017

LisaP says:

An inclusive school that can properly support the well being of children with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers syndrome

27 February, 2017

HelenV says:

Excellent pastoral care is essentiol, as is a school system that is up to date with all current best practices of teaching.

27 February, 2017

LucindaHartley says:

I'd like to see the school integrated with the community, not fenced off. We need to maximise all community assets beyond just school hours

27 February, 2017

LucindaHartley says:

Important to see really good quality public realm and landscape architecture. A school is so much more than the buildings.

27 February, 2017

LucindaHartley says:

This is a really fantastic initiative. Looking forward to being a part of the new school community.

23 February, 2017

Kristie says:

Welcoming to all. An ethos of care and collaboration. Creative thinking encouraged. Respect for and engagement with local environment.

22 February, 2017

MegK says:

Semi glass walled classes: promote transparency & attract teachers who want to create educational intimacy/ not street theatre for others.

21 February, 2017

Kathryn says:

A school that does not tolerate bullying, homophobia or racism, genuinely supports and protects all students. High academic & behaviour stds

20 February, 2017

Seekaytoo says:

encourages excellence, independence and resilience, expects engaged parents and fosters strong community engagement. Go Preston!!

19 February, 2017

dana says:

A school which has a high level of parent and community engagement, celebrates diversity and encourages responsible global citizenship

19 February, 2017

dana says:

An excellent school with tertiary pathways and strong connection to Melb Polytechnic and NCAT for students interested in VET subjects

18 February, 2017

One_Day says:

A school that encourages high-achievers and challenges them academically. Ignoring students because they are already passing is no good.

Survey - now closed

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Please provide the postcode of your residential address.

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3. Which of the following best describes you?
4. If you are part of a local school community, which school are you associated with?
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7. Which qualities would you want from a future Preston High School student? Select the five that you believe are most important:

Aim: Create contemporary environments that facilitate a learning-centred approach where learning is seen as developing the whole person - intellectual, emotional, social, physical, cultural. How can we achieve this?

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Aim: Honour and celebrate diversity – diversity in learners, cultural and social diversity - within the school and wider community. How can we achieve this?

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Aim: Provide opportunities for meaningful engagement within and between community services, schools, families and the wider community. How can we achieve this?

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Aim: To support the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of everyone and promote positive social interaction. How can we achieve this?

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Aim: Promote sustainability as a core principle. How can we achieve this?

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Aim: Using technology to enable both students and staff to learn to their needs. How can we achieve this?

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9. What do you think are the most important school functions and spaces? Select the five most important spaces.
  1. A student café area that has the potential to be a student run facility #
  2. Spaces and nodes within the specialist areas that can be fitted out by the school to support various VET courses e.g. commercial kitchen node in the food technology area #
  3. Kitchen garden/productive garden and/or other garden/horticulture area #
  4. Sustainability education, environmental science features #
  5. Cultural, language, community focal area #
  6. Wellbeing spaces such as meditation areas #
11. There are a number of facilities that can be shared with the community. What kind of spaces do you think the community needs? Select the two you think are most important.
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13. How did you hear about this enagagement?
14. Do you feel engaged in the new school development?

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