Anindilyakwa Boarding College
What did we do?
The Anindilyakwa Boarding College on Bickerton Island will provide accommodation and schooling for up to 40 primary school students.
Outdoor sitting areas with fire pits are available to students at each of the GLA’s, along with areas to play and learn on country.
Once complete the school will do three important things:
- It will provide a safe and welcoming place for children within a high quality educational environment;
- It will allow students to stay close to their families whilst allowing them to focus on schooling, social activities and cultural practice;
- It will provide bi-lingual education – offering the opportunity for Anindilyakwa youth to walk confidently in two worlds.
“We want to build the pathway for these kids to travel to achieve their goals.” - Nesman Bara, Director Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Primary College Aboriginal Corporation
Places for dance, ceremony and celebration. There are a number of gathering spaces within and around the college to allow for a range of cultural and other activities - from dancing and singing, to music
concerts, movie nights and festival activities.
Crucial to each General Learning Areas are the shared outdoor decks. Strategically connected with the central courtyard area, these spaces allow for flexibility and more engaged learning.
The 19 ha remote bush site sits adjacenet to the road connecting the township of Milyakburra and the Barge Landing. The site for the project was determined through extensive
engagement with Traditional Owners, the Education Board and Steering Group and community members across the Groote Archipelago.
What was our impact?
The school is to be built within a bushland setting, close to the water and within a short drive from Milyakburra community. The site will allow for students to be immersed in the natural landscape of Bickerton Island.
Our design will support both learning and cultural practice through connected indoor and outdoor spaces, places for play, dance and ceremony, and traditional art and craft.
The learning and administration buildings ring a large outdoor area, which will be landscaped and used to grow gardens, for dance and to play. Visitors and students are welcomed into the school through a large outdoor area, with detailed shading battens reminiscent of traditional painting cross hatch styles.
The buildings and outdoor areas are designed to respond to the hot and cyclonic climate of the
Groote Archipelago. There is plenty of shading, natural ventilation, and minimal reliance on mechanical cooling.