Officer Master Plan
Master Plan Vision
The Minaret College Officer Campus Master Plan is an inspiring, long term vision for the campus providing a framework for future capital investment. It aligns with the school’s current strategic planning and will form the basis for future design and development of Officer Campus.
In 2015, the campus accommodated 500 students and 70 staff. Being situated in a major growth corridor south-east of Melbourne, there is very high demand for student places at the school – well beyond its current capacity. The long term master plan is therefore projected to cater for around 1400 students in response to this growth.
The current student population profile is mainly migrant-based, from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds speaking over 20 different languages at home.
Stage 1 of the master plan will comprise a new VCE Centre and Administration Building with accompanying site infrastructure works to increase the school’s capacity to approximately 800 students in the short term.
Future Design Directions
New teaching facilities will provide inspirational learning hubs, connected by informal meeting places for staff and students. Spaces will be welcoming and vibrant characterised through the creation of flexible and diverse learning environments. The principles underpinning this vision will build on the school’s cultural traditions to include flexible, collaborative, student-centred learning within a creative, efficient and sustainable environment leaving a positive legacy for future generations.
These principles have been translated into a number of design moves which include :
- Establishing flexible, connected learning hubs;
- Provision of multiple indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for large and small groups;
- Safe, secure and integrated pedestrian access throughout the campus;
- Improved traffic management within the campus including the separation of students, cars and buses;
- Ample shade and shelter;
- Cultivation of natural areas (including future wetland) to encourage learning relationships with the natural environment through a variety of external learning areas;