The Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre - A New Space for a New Way of Learning
On 28 January 2016, Billanook College opened its brand new $1.8m Discovery Centre.
Former long-time Billanook College Deputy Principal, Mrs. Cheryl Mutabazi, formally opened the Discovery Centre, which will serve as a multi-purpose open-plan learning environment with breakout spaces.
The new building replaced the College’s original Year 7 building, and combines indoor and outdoor flexible learning areas that integrate with the school’s outstanding natural environment.
Billanook College principal Mr. Roger Oates said the Discovery Centre would become a vital learning space, which parallels Billanook’s innovative new curriculum.
“The Discovery Centre marks the second stage of our building refurbishment program and is a fabulous addition to our school,” said Mr. Oates.
“It represents a key element of our Learning Framework, that of Discovery, and is a great example of architecture being informed by a model of learning and not the alternative, which is most often the case.
“The Discovery Centre will allow students and staff the opportunity to learn collaboratively, solve complex challenges by working together in teams and be creative,” added Mr. Oates.
“It is a contemporary learning space that reflects the needs of our Millennial Learners and is particularly adult-focused in its design. It would not be out of place in many workplaces or universities and this was part of the brief when it was designed.”
Billanook is undertaking a significant upgrade to its built environment through a major construction and refurbishment program that focuses on key teaching and learning spaces. It is the first of seven buildings over the next seven years that the College will methodically build or renovate and follows on from the recent gymnasium upgrade.