Campus and Facilities

The school campus was established in 1981 near the northern boundary of the rural township of Warwick in Queensland (Australia).

The campus currently comprises eight main buildings:

Building One:

Administration, Film and Television, Graphics and New Media.

Building Two:

Early Childhood Centre — Prep Year, Grade One and Grade Two.

Building Three:

Secondary Art and Science facilities.

Building Four:

Upper Level — Grade Three, Four and Five and Secondary Music.

Lower Level — Primary Music, Primary Art and Craft.

Building Five:

Kitchen and Dining Room Facilities.

Building Six:

Upper Level — Grade Six and Seven, Year Eight and Nine as well as the French Room.

Lower level — School Library.

Building Seven:

Year Ten, Eleven and Twelve and the German Room and Secondary Computer Lab.

Time Out Centre:

Classroom and other spaces for the Time Out Program conducted in the second semester of Year 7 and the First Semester of Year 8.

Multi-Purpose Hall:

A Multi-Purpose Hall was added to the campus in 2011 under the Federal Government BER scheme. The Vijayadev Yogendra Auditorium is used for primary and secondary physical education, assemblies, parent meetings and performing arts.

Multi-Purpose Hall

Architecture

The design for each of the central buildings is quite unique, each housing three hexagonally shaped classrooms surrounding central courtyards which allow light to enter the classrooms from at least three sides — bringing “the outside in” and providing visual contact between groups within the same building.

Two heritage buildings complement the more modern structures. The Time Out Centre is housed in the old Middle Ridge State School building, which was transported from Toowoomba in 1988. The School Kitchen and Dining Room are housed in the former Goondiwindi Post Office, a historic timber building purchased by the School and moved to its current location in 1991. Both buildings have been recently renovated.

Outdoor Spaces

The School campus provides a variety of outdoor spaces including an oval and a central playground which incorporates a tree house, sandpit, swings and climbing equipment, a sheltered gazebo and grassed areas for play and recreation.

Garden areas have been planted with Australian native trees and shrubs and there are areas of undeveloped “bush” adjacent to the School grounds.

Living in Warwick

Warwick, Queensland’s second oldest city, was established in 1840 and is the hub of the Southern Darling Downs region. It is a provincial city of approximately 12,500 people, with around 25,000 in the surrounding region. The city is sited on the Condamine River near the head of Australia’s longest river system.

Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland

Warwick is just two hours drive from the cosmopolitan vigor of Brisbane, Queensland’s state capital, and an hour away from Toowoomba, Queensland’s major regional centre of around 100,000 people.

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions contain a number of beautiful national parks and wilderness areas within 30–60 minutes drive. The region has a year round pleasant climate.

Photo courtesy Simon Hamlet

More information about Warwick can be found on the Southern Downs Regional Council’s web site.

Housing Adjacent to the School

Much of the housing close to the School was constructed between 1980 and 1995 for teachers and families or individuals associated with the School. This comprised Group Title developments as well as standard house blocks on separate titles.

A unique and wholesome lifestyle developed in the community, inspired by the ideals of the School, and sustained by genuine respect and friendships.

Over the past ten years, many dwellings have changed hands and with this the character of the precinct has transformed from an intentional community to a neighbourhood. However, around 75% of residents are still associated with the School and a number of school families have opted to live in this area.

Living close to the School provides a number of benefits: Travel to and from School is very easy. Children appreciate having friends nearby, and parents feel confident that the neighbourhood is safe and friendly. The group title arrangements have allowed the development of areas of “common land” with a network of private roads, walking tracks, playgrounds and barbeque areas, as well as parkland and bushland.