Ivanhoe Grammar School is a multi-campus coeducational Anglican school with a long history of academic achievement and co-curricular opportunity.
The Ivanhoe Campus incorporates Buckley House and The Ridgeway Campus and offers coeducational learning from Early Learning to Year 12. It is Ivanhoe Grammar School’s original campus and has earned its outstanding reputation over years of providing leading education possibilities and achievements. The Plenty Campus in Mernda offers boys and girls from Prep to Year 12 in the Northern Region easy access to outstanding educational opportunities.
Ivanhoe Grammar School focuses on the personal, spiritual and academic development of its students which prepares them for life beyond school and gives them an awareness and sense of responsibility about their world.
The new Middle Years Centre at The Ridgeway Campus is an exciting and unique development that provides students with innovative learning spaces and state-of-the-art learning technologies.
Ivanhoe Grammar School wanted to ensure that the space was used as effectively as possible. Fortunately, they knew they needed to look at the audio-visual side during the construction of that building to get the best value for their investment and make sure that the set up was properly integrated as soon as it opened.
The school put together a requirements team that drafted their ideas and worked with DIB to develop the right teaching spaces. They wanted technology to blend into the space and act as a tool for learning rather than for it to dominate the space and be the key focus of the classroom.
Because the team started early they could head off potential problems at the pass with the architects and consultants and ensure that there was sufficient height, elevation and lighting and data access. In the case of the theatre which has a particularly high ceiling it means they could add a Grandview Skyshow screen that drops from the ceiling when needed.
The practical approach also meant that they could add interactive projector functionality in the classroom. That’s something they’d previously considered but weren’t certain of the value in implementation. Of course, Ivanhoe Grammar School wanted to be certain that they could upgrade their facilities and the Audio-Visual racks were designed to allow for an Apple TV connection in the future.
The final result is so discrete it’s hard to believe how much of a difference that involving an AV team in the early phases of a project can make. The projector connections are nearly invisible, speakers are recessed wherever possible, and some of the projectors are on motorized platforms to disappear into the ceiling when not required.
The new building uses a variety of equipment including the Epson EB-485Wi interactive projector in the classrooms, Screen Technics motorized lifters for open spaces coupled with Screen Technics ElectriCinema motorized screens on Epson EB-G5650W projectors providing optical lens shift to avoid in ceiling obstacles.
The dedicated Theatre made use of Full HD Epson EB-G5750W projector with Grandview Skyshow 150” double motorized screen with an array of both HDMI and VGA inputs, Lectrum lectern, control system, energy saving features and more.
Key to the success of this project was the design works completed by DIB pre-tender in consultation with Ivanhoe Grammar’s Architect and Consultants.