Conference Day One: Wednesday, 25th October 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair - Scott Alterator Lecturer of Post-evaluations of School Design and Development, La Trobe University

Scott Alterator, Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces, La Trobe University


Scott Alterator

Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces
La Trobe University
School-aged student population increases in inner Sydney are creating a number of unique challenges such as the availability of suitable space for redevelopments and/or building new schools; funding; and Council and heritage approvals. Sylvia and Ros are at the forefront of these challenges and will talk about them in relation to some new inner Sydney projects for the public school system.

  • Solutions to building in limited spaces using a number of case studies including the Inner Sydney High School, the new site for Cleveland Street Intensive English High School at Alexandria and the redevelopment of Alexandria Park Community School.
  • Challenges and opportunities that arise from inner city developments.
  • Utilisation of current space to incorporate future focused learning design.


Sylvia Corish

Director of Inner-City Public Schools
NSW Department of Education

Ros Moxham

Strategy Director of Inner-City School Strategy
NSW Department of Education

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM Thought Leadership Session

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM Population Growth – New School Design and Build for Increasing Student Numbers. Addressing Increasing Student Numbers in Rototuna Senior High School

Natasha Hemara, Principal, Rototuna Senior High School
Natasha Hemara is the principal at Rototuna Senior High School, a new school developed in the North of Hamilton New Zealand; she has first hand experience in completing a new school design and development with demand overtaking supply. In this presentation she discusses:

  • Early stage development of projects and how they can best be managed
  • What was the design thinking for the new school and how it should operate in terms of architectural design
  • Post evaluation of the school design and what could have been done differently


Natasha Hemara

Rototuna Senior High School

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Speaker: How the NSW Government is Addressing Capacity Constraints in Primary and Secondary School Education - The Hon. Rob Stokes, NSW Education Minister, NSW Government

A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversation.

11:30 AM - NaN:NaN AM Speed Networking Session

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM Morning Break

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Interactive Discussion Group (IDG's)

Table One

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Designing Classroom Environments to Maximise Learning Outcomes How to design the classroom in order to provide the best learning environment for students

Scott Alterator, Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces, La Trobe University


Scott Alterator

Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces
La Trobe University

Table Two

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Stakeholder Management in New School Development How to Manage various Stakeholders in the Planning Stages of your School Development

Karen Bryant, Strategy Director of Public Schools Parramatta, NSW Department of Education


Karen Bryant

Strategy Director of Public Schools Parramatta
NSW Department of Education

Table Three

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM How to Create the Best Environmental and Planning Authority Application for School Building Approvals How to Develop your Application in Order to Achieve New Building Approvals

Kristy Chan, Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning and Environment


Kristy Chan

Principal Policy Officer
Department of Planning and Environment


2:20 PM - 3:00 PM Designing Educational Architecture to Find Solutions to Spatial Restrictions

Mark Freeman, Partner, Gray Puksand
Mark Freeman discusses his role as an architect in the educational sector where he has planned and designed innovative, contemporary and sustainable education facilities over the past 15 years. In his presentation he will detail the designing of learning spaces to improve student outcomes and the best utilization of space to cope with increasing student numbers.

  • Prahan Case Study – Developing a new model for developing multi-level educational facilities in higher density urban environments
  • New Primary School Development – Park Road – Adapting re-use of existing buildings for contemporary learning spaces
  • Designing vertical schools – challenges and opportunities that vertical schools provide in providing a solution toincreased student numbers
  • Key initial discussions with stakeholders in order to implement desired outcomes for new building construction


Mark Freeman

Gray Puksand

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM New Models for Schools Planning in NSW

John Neish, Group Director Strategy and Planning, Department of Education NSW
NSW is facing unprecedented growth in student numbers with an increase of 200,000 additional public school students estimated to enter the education system by 2036. As the Group Director of Planning and Strategy John Neish and his team are focused on the strategic analysis of the State’s future growth and the planned development of school asset responses to ensure that schools are delivered as and when required in the most cost efficient and effective way possible. John’s presentation will focus on new approaches to:

  • Schools community planning with an emphasis on community engagement
  • Changes in school planning standards
  • Tools which support scenario development and identify best value solutions to student demographic changes
  • Collaboration which optimises social capital – with a focus on councils and the private sector


John Neish

Group Director Strategy and Planning
Department of Education NSW

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Independent Schools Sector: The Challenges of Exponential Growth - Funding and Facilities

David Buley, Chief Financial Officer, Association of Independent Schools NSW
Parental choice is driving demand to independent schools which presents problems for those schools who would like to build new facilities to take in increased student numbers.However funding and space is a major inhibitor. David Buley discusses the challenges for independent schools in Australia and how the sector is exploring innovative options.

  • Examining demographics to forecast sector growth including the effects of increased parental choice on sector share
  • Assisting schools with predicting what teaching and learning environments might look like in 20 year’s time and how this impacts on current design
  • The sector’s capacity to absorb increasing student numbers and fund tomorrow’s required education infrastructure today
  • The challenges of finding and acquiring suitable land
  • Collaborating across different government departments and local Councils to identify and assist with growth opportunities through innovative projects


David Buley

Chief Financial Officer
Association of Independent Schools NSW

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM Afternoon Break

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM Designing New Schools, How to Maximise Spatial Restrictions for Students and Teachers

Peter Lippman, Education Specialist & Facility Planner,  Founder of Places Created for Learning
This presentation will report on how to build new vertical schools and retrofitting old schools in order to increase student numbers with severe spatial restrictions. The focus is on evidence-based design of Elementary and Secondary Schools in order to deal with increased student numbers.

  • Define Evidence Based Design for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Present research highlighting concerns and misconceptions for designing vertical schools.
  • Present national and international precedents that examine the spatial affordances identified and constraints were overcome when refurbishing spaces and developing new school buildings
  • Examine the challenges as they relate to stakeholder management within schools, specifically what are thekey considerations for teachers when designing new classrooms and learning environments


Peter Lippman

Education Specialist & Facility Planner
 Founder of Places Created for Learning
This session will be our most advanced session where 3-4 industry experts will discuss a certain pressing topic in great detail and drawing on their organisation’s journeys. These sessions will be 1 hour consisting of 40 minutes of discussion. In the last 20 minutes the moderator will choose 4 questions from the audience for each of the panel members to answer.

The NSW Government has committed more than $240 million to redevelop and expand Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School into new state-of-the-art education facilities. The redevelopment will comprise: a new high rise school for Arthur Phillip High School, accommodating up to 2000 students on the existing site; and a new multi-storey Parramatta Public School for up to 1000 students on the existing site. This interactive panel discussion focuses on the building phrase, understanding funding, educational space and land council regulations.

  • Stakeholder management, how to manage interaction between the government and stakeholders – councils,architects and the Department of Education
  • Designing educational fit for purpose buildings – get the maximum educational returns for you’re investment


Scott Alterator

Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces
La Trobe University

Louise Browne

Principal Associate
Grimshaw Architects

Karen Bryant

Strategy Director of Public Schools Parramatta
NSW Department of Education

6:00 PM - 6:00 PM Close of Day One and Networking Drinks