Located in Sydney’s far west, the Saints Peter and Paul Assyrian Primary School campus will cater to students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The design is for 630 students as a three stream primary school to meet the growing need for an educational facility, fit for the 21st century, which serves the Assyrian Church of the East’s Christian faith, heritage, language, culture and community.
The mostly two-storey proposal incorporates primary and support facilities organised around a central ‘Civic Heart’, facing the vista towards the Blue Mountains overlooking a restored riparian woodland.
The proposed school site has a strong sense of connection for the local Assyrian community, being next door to their Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church.
In addition, the proposed Primary School is close to the newly-opened, purpose-built, Saint Narsai Christian College (Years 7 – 12), also designed by PMDL.
The Masterplanned design creates a safe, balanced environment for exploring and learning, where highly-adaptable, multi-purpose, indoor and outdoor spaces aim to develop a strong sense of identity and community.
PMDL and Landscape Architects, Arterra Design, collaborated on the landscape design of the school in order to integrate and maximise the learning opportunities as well as respond to the ecological and environmental management issues presented by the site. Extensively landscaped grounds for passive and active play, as well as outdoor learning opportunities, are incorporated into the proposal.
Environmentally sensitive design principles are at the heart of the proposal.
The NSW government granted the client a successful State Significant Development determination in February 2021.
CLIENT Assyrian Schools Ltd
LOCATION Cecil Park, NSW, Australia