Holy Family Primary School
Holy Family Primary School is located in western Sydney, in an area of significant socio-economic disadvantage, and cultural diversity. The site for the school is of significance for the local Aboriginal communities and is used for Gatherings, as well as many other activities run by the Catholic Church and volunteers from the local area.
As a reasonable proportion of the school are of Aboriginal descent, the school has been designed to meet their particular needs, and also to be a non- threatening, non-institutional environment, unlike many standard schools.
As such, the forms of the buildings are based on a circular plan to accommodate the traditional circular form of ‘Gathering’ in Aboriginal communities. The buildings are of a domestic scale and construction, using simple materials and colours designed to fit in with the surrounding environment, both natural and man-made.
The intention is for students to feel comfortable attending school and to reduce the level of truancy common in these communities while providing specialised education for the needs of the local communities.
The masterplanning for Holy Family Primary School began in 2002 and all stages were completed by 2010.
The site included an administration building, GLA buildings, library and hall.
The administration and staff building is sited adjacent to the entry and provides a secure arrival point to the school. The curved timber and glass foyer wall reinforces the curvilinear and fluid forms of the schools planning, introducing the visitor to the light and relaxed format of the site. A mix of earthy coloured light weight materials are used for external cladding along with Colorbond roofing with a separated overlay roof vent.
The library is an open plan area with space for class groups to assemble as well as undertake individual work. It is sited centrally in the campus and addresses the school’s main community green space.
The hall links outdoor and indoor learning spaces and the adoption of energy saving principles. The hall provides the school with a space for various learning and teaching activities such as drama, gymnastics, music and school performances.
Unfortunately in 2012, an electrical fault caused a fire, destroying two year one classrooms.
Fulton Trotter Architects were engaged for the re-build in 2013 and were delighted to be asked to re-create the existing building as opposed to undertaking a total re-design.
- Greg Isaac
- Mark Trotter
- Paul Trotter
- John Ward
- Hayley Crofts
- Isabelle Pfaeffli
- Wendy Hay
- Monica Edwards
- Ben O'Halloran
- Heather Miethke