Carisbrook School principal Ben Sincock is pleased with the
rapid transformation of the former Caversham School into
the new Carisbrook School. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The $5.6 million two-stage redevelopment of Carisbrook
School is on track to be largely completed before school starts
on February 3.
For the past 18 months, much of the school has been a
building site, operating with various buildings in a state of
However, principal Ben Sincock said by the time school starts
this year, all but three of the 21 classrooms would be open
''It looks fantastic.
''It's been a long road getting here, but now that it's all
coming together, it's very exciting.''
He said the last three classrooms would be ready by February
''It's mainly a clean-up job left to do.''
Mr Sincock said stage one began in mid-2012 with the
construction of a six-classroom junior block, complete with a
large learning space, and the refurbishment of a two-storeyed
Stage two began at the start of 2013, and involved the
redevelopment of the school's two other two-storeyed Nelson
blocks, the establishment of six new learning areas, a new
technology centre and a performing arts area, he said.
College Street School, Caversham School and Calton Hill
School were merged into Carisbrook School in 2012, on the
Caversham School site.
However, after community consultation, it was decided to
leave the Calton Hill site open as a second campus, with an
option to review its viability in two years.
College Street School also remained open during 2012 and 2013
because there was no room for the pupils at the new
Carisbrook School site until building developments were
The project's completion means the school will have two
campuses not three, and all 100 pupils from the former
College Street School will be moved to Carisbrook School for
the start of term 1 this year.
The third campus, the former Calton Hill School, remains
''Logistically, things will be a lot easier now that we only
have two sites at the school,'' Mr Sincock said.