A FIRE may have fast-tracked the new-look classrooms at St Mary’s but the new learning space is now setting the awards trail ablaze.
The Myrtleford primary school’s Junior Learning Centre has just won a Learning Environments Australasia award, for the Best Renovation Under $2 million.
The project had previous won the state chapter for the award.
The judges said the unfortunate event of a fire at the school enabled the complete ‘gutting’ of the area previously identified for refurbishment and allowed for a highly functional, environmentally sustainable and contemporary design to emerge.
The school will now push ahead with a further $260,000 refurbishment of the area that includes a “black box” room for multimedia use.
Principal Ashley Marsh said the award was not judged on aesthetics alone but also the success in what once would have been called a classroom.