New opportunities

A project commissioned by the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme will see artist Alex Miles’ work enhance an outdoor space for students to enjoy at Smithton High School. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Upgrades. The Smithton High School redevelopment project is complete, presenting students and staff with endless opportunities.

Made possible by $7 million contributed by the state government in the 2015-16 budget, the works have included a new $3.5 million gymnasium, new library, science laboratory, four classrooms allocated to each grade, a drama theatre and music space and upgraded administration facilities.

As part of the redevelopment the Southside campus, formally Smithton Public School, was demolished and the current Trade Training Centre extended to include two new classrooms, a common room and specialised hospitality kitchen.

Smithton High School principal Keith Billing said the renovations had come in approximately $750,000 under budget, allowing the school to now complete a proposed bus route behind the school which will link Mill Road and Fenton Street.

As part of the works, the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme commissioned Alex Miles, a Hobart-based artist, to design a creative project which will enhance an otherwise exposed outside area at the school.

Miles, who was responsible for the design of a mural in the school’s gymnasium, designed decorative panels which have been installed in an outside undercover area.

Designed to represent the Australian native bush, the installations will be adorned by plants as they grow and weave through the design.

Mr Billing says the project will enhance the aesthetics of the area, an existing part of the school’s original build, and will allow students to continue to utilise the outdoor, undercover space.

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