With a population growth in the northwest of Melbourne in the late 80’s, there was a community need for a quality school in the area. As a direct result, in 1987, Overnewton Anglican Community College opened its Keilor Campus and then nine years later, a second campus at Taylors Lakes.
The Keilor Campus caters for students from Prep – Year 8 and Years 10 – 12; with Year 9 students attending the Taylors Lakes Campus. Taylors Lakes caters for Prep – Year 9 students. All students are encouraged to achieve their best through a broad range of curricular and co-curricular subjects with sound values based on Christian faith.
A new Junior School at Keilor Campus has just been completed to accommodate students from Prep – Year 4. This new purpose built building consists of 20 classrooms, a staffroom, library and a number of smaller learning spaces and offices. Information Technology was an important aspect for the school with a particular focus being on the integration of the latest technology for use by its junior students. With this in mind, every classroom has been fitted out by DIB Australia to best meet the requirements of both students and teachers.
To achieve the desired result, DIB Australia met with the school and their architect, McIldowie Partners. Through a number of discussions, we were able to advise the placement of all of their audio visual equipment right down to the location of connection points and power outlets. Working this closely with the school and architect from the early stages of the project allowed for a very tidy and professional looking finish. The projector and speakers were even able to be fitted into the joinery of the wall units to be unobtrusive.
As the school wanted the latest in audio visual and interactive technology, they chose to use the new Epson EB-485Wi widescreen interactive projector with Epson’s new 30W speakers in their 20 new classrooms. To make their setup as easy as possible for users, a Joey 6 control panel was installed which also eliminates the need for easily lost remote controls. Control panels such as this typically have projector on/off buttons, source selection and volume control. Overnewton College’s installation was setup so that they could connect an iPod or MP3 player and play through the Epson speakers without the need to have the projector on at the same time. This is an excellent solution for those wishing to conserve energy and make the most of their projector’s lamp life.
Overnewton Anglican Community College is very proud of their new state of the art building. As a result of DIB Australia’s early involvement in this project, the school has been able to achieve the outcome they had planned for. Students can be engaged and inspired in a learning space designed to meet their needs.