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14 August 2015: School’s out

High school Architecture

Scratching Sydney's Surface

In the 1950s and 60s, the NSW state government had to meet a growing demand for higher education as a result of the post war baby boom and increased immigration to Australia. This increased population put pressure on the public education system, particularly secondary education, as did the introduction of the Wyndham Scheme in 1962.

The scheme was ‘based on the premise that secondary education was for all adolescents … [formalising] the gradual shift from a hierarchical system of secondary schools where students were streamed on the basis of sex, intelligence and performance to a system of comprehensive, co-educational high schools’ (Sydney and the Bush, p. 232).

Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection) Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection, http://architectureau.com/articles/designing-australian-schools)

The Wyndham Scheme saw changes to the curriculum which had a more student-centred approach and the introduction of the School…

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