School Modernisation


School Modernisation Program

Garran Primary School first welcomed students in 1967. Today, more than 50 years later, it is a thriving school attended by more than 600 students from Preschool to Year 6.

With continuing high enrolment growth and priority enrolment demand, the ACT Government will undertake a significant modernisation of Garran Primary School to meet the school’s current and future needs.

In the 2021 – 2022 ACT Budget, $970,000 was provided to commence the planning and design work for the modernisation of Garran Primary School.

On 21 March2022, it was announced that the ACT Government has committed further funding for construction and modernisation of Garran Primary School.

This funding will include the delivery of all new learning areas, specialist learning environments, administration facilities, community facilities including a gymnasium, external hard courts, external learning and play spaces, as well as additional car parking and improvements to school access.

The new learning areas are scheduled to be completed by the 2025 school year. Detailed staging plans for the redevelopment will be shared through the design consultation once completed.

Community consultation

The ACT Education Directorate engaged Purdon Planning to facilitate a community consultation for the Territory Plan Variation TPV (rezoning) of part of the land surrounding Garran Oval and accommodate the modernisation of Garran Primary School. The opportunity for community to provide feedback and comments on the partial rezoning has now closed.

Next steps:

Have a question?

You are encouraged to speak to the school leadership team at any time. The project team will be working closely with principal Jenny Priest throughout this process.  Alternatively, you can email  ACT.Education@act.gov.au.

If you have any questions about the Garran Primary School modernisation project, please email  ACT.Education@act.gov.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a modernisation?

A modernisation is either a significant upgrade or a complete replacement of an existing school. The full scope of works will be developed through the design and planning phase that has recently commenced. The design of the school modernisation will be guided by the Education Directorate’s comprehensive specifications.  These include consideration of teaching and learning outcomes, student and staff wellbeing, responsive and flexible design, cultural integrity and connection to Ngunnawal country, and sustainability.

What happens in the design phase?

The design phase will assess all existing infrastructure, landscaping, site constraints, reports and school community inputs to develop the preferred master plan option. We will assess options to extend the site, respond to the wider site context and address the interface with the neighbouring Canberra Hospital campus.

When will the design phase begin?

The ACT Government (Education Directorate and Major Projects Canberra) have engaged a design consultant to deliver the planning and design services. This work commenced early 2022.

In conjunction with the engagement of a design consultant, the ACT Government have engaged a town planner to deliver the Territory Plan Variation (rezoning).
The consultants will assess options to extend the site, respond to the wider site context and address the safety and operational issues previously identified with the neighbouring Canberra Hospital campus.

As part of the Territory Plan Variation the town planner will be undertaking a community information session to discuss the process to extend the school block and boundary, as well as creating a new school entry point off Kitchener Street and Robson Street.

Progress updates and timelines will be shared as the information becomes available.

When is the Garran Primary School modernisation expected to be completed?

The construction of new learning areas is scheduled to be completed by the 2025 school year. Detailed staging plans for the redevelopment will be shared through the design consultation once completed.

How can I be involved and where can I find out more?

The project team (ACT Education Directorate, Major Projects Canberra, and consultants) will engage with Garran Primary School community throughout the project, including regular communication through, newsletters, website and FAQ updates.