Billanook College is currently undergoing a major period of redevelopment following the completion of a seven-stage Capital Development Plan. This Plan has already seen the refurbishment of our Primary School and Gymnasium, as well as the opening of the new Discovery and Mastery Centres.
The remaining stages of the Plan focus on key teaching and learning spaces, which will methodically see each area of the campus upgrade.
With construction commencing in 2021, Billanook’s new Senior Learning Precinct will be a valuable addition to the College’s contemporary learning spaces. The new centre will facilitate both collaborative and individual learning, and will combine integrated digital technology with readily accessible support and a purpose-built exam space – equipping Billanook students with the best opportunity for success in their formative VCE years and beyond.
Recently opened, the new Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for support and extension education provides the College community with a contemporary building for the exceptional range of additional learning programs. The unveiling of the College’s new Café is also an exciting addition to Billanook’s stunning facilities.
This phase of Billanook College’s ambitious Capital Development Plan has provided Billanook’s Middle School students and staff with architecturally designed, contemporary classrooms, multiple open-plan learning spaces, and a new purpose-built library. Spectacular views of Billanook’s natural landscape enhance the ambience of the space. The Mastery Centre is a vital learning hub, underpinning Billanook’s innovative learning framework. For the first time in Billanook’s history, Years 7-9 students are now centrally located – a true Middle School precinct.
In 2016, Billanook College opened its brand new $1.8m Discovery Centre which serves as a multi-purpose open-plan learning environment with breakout spaces. The new building replaced the College’s original Year 7 building, and combines indoor and outdoor flexible learning areas that integrate with the school’s outstanding natural environment.
Billanook’s campus includes a modern multi-purpose Gymnasium and fully-equipped Fitness Centre. The facilities underwent a large-scale refurbishment project in 2014 as part of the College’s comprehensive Capital Works Program. The Gymnasium project incorporated a complete renovation of the existing complex, a new gymnastics/dance/ performance space and the addition of an onsite commercial gymnasium which is operated by EFM Health Clubs.
Completed in 2010, the Primary School underwent a significant refurbishment, including the construction of Billanook’s Junior Learning Centre, incorporating an Early Learning facility. The Primary School and Junior Learning Centres provide a central- open plan hub with flexible, light , open classrooms, closely connected with their natural landscape.
In conjunction with Yarra Valley winemakers Billanook has developed its own working vineyard and Viticulture Skills Centre on the school property. The four hectare Cardigan Rise vineyard is ideally located on the Billanook campus right next to the Viticulture Skills Centre. The vineyard is an asset available for a variety of subjects across the Middle and Senior Schools. Maths and Science students calculate the harvest tonnage and the baume (sugar levels) present in the grapes, and Visual Arts students design and produce the annual wine label which is then professionally applied in the commercial bottling process.