HAMILTON and Alexandra College is building a physical monument to positivity — that’s how principal Bruce Simons describes the new $5.1 million middle years learning centre.
New classrooms, common areas and spaces will take shape over the coming months after construction started recently.
Students from years six to eight will move into the eight new centre — formally known as the Middle Years Positive Education Centre (myPEC) — by the middle of next year.
“The college has grown considerably in the last few years,” Mr Simons said
“We had 306 students in 2006 and we have 503 now.”
The new building will be accompanied in part by a new curriculum, which for year six pupils means a hybrid of primary and secondary school teaching.
“In year six classes people think of a home room teacher — we will still do that but it will be more augmented.”
“Senior VCE teachers will come in and they’ll be a lot more enrichment.”
Teaching will be heavily focused on teaching to character traits and encouraging individuality — a far cry from Mr Simons’ own education.
“I’m in my 50s now and when I went to school it was very didactic,” he said.
“Young people now have more complications in their lives ... rates of childhood anxiety are increasing.”