A new $20.5 million redevelopment has elevated Geelong High School’s commitment to preparing students for life.
Stage one’s new year 7 facility, music and dance rooms, and refurbished hall have opened, while stage two’s new library, canteen, IT rooms, classrooms and administration areas on the way.
A third and final stage will deliver a new arts facility and VCE study centre by 2020.
Principal Glenn Davey says the redevelopment reaffirms the 119-year-old school’s commitment to its motto, Vitae Nos Parat, or It Prepares Us for Life.
“Geelong High School is a positive and creative learning community that embraces its history and prepares students for life,” he says.
About 110 staff, including 75 teachers, encourage the school’s 960 students to develop respectful relationships and strive to achieve their full potential.
In 2013 the school introduced Positive Education, based on positive psychology, to build a culture of optimism.
Teachers support students through innovative, engaging programs and leadership opportunities.
“Leadership is actively encouraged and celebrated at all levels, giving students opportunities to be involved in decision-making processes,” Mr Davey says.