Consultation and design

More about our consultation process


We asked everyone in our community to have your say and share your ideas.


In November 2018, extensive community consultation took place over one week with all of the community, including students, teachers, parents, grandparents, carers and neighbours.Our community shared their views on four key questions:

  1. What do you like?
  2. What’s missing that you’d like to see added?
  3. What’s not working that needs to be changed?
  4. Which entrances do you use and how do you get to school?

At our In-School Day with the designers on Tuesday 27 November 150 students across each year level took part in workshops with the designers, drawing and describing their ideas, and two groups of students took the designers on ‘school tours’ of the grounds


All of our teachers, including OOSHC attended a workshop with the designers where they contributed their ideas and opinions; the OOSHC team also held their own mini-workshop.


The designers did their own site analysis and observation of landscape and all outdoor activities (learning, lunch-play, recess, sport).


Around 200 people attended our after school drop-in Community Forum on Thursday 29 November, including parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbours, carers and children, where they answered four key questions, drew designs, ‘hot dotted’ comments they agreed with, shared ideas, found out about the Pick my Project sports court upgrade and enjoyed a sausage sizzle.


Parents and children looked at the designs the children had been working on for our school grounds, talked about what their family values most about our school grounds and what’s missing that they’d like to see or change. 


Everyone in the community had the opportunity to contribute more ideas via our online survey which was open from 29 November to 21 December.


Our teachers led on-going discussions and in-class activities where children shared their ideas and drawings (then provided these to working group).


Keep talking


Chat with your child about the school grounds and ask them their thoughts on what they like to do at lunch play, recess, what they enjoy doing in Investigations. What’s not working for them? From little things, big things grow!


Further information:


What is a Landscape Master Plan?


A landscape Master Plan is a long-range document that provides a design for the school grounds and is used as a framework for planning, design, development, and maintenance of all of the exterior spaces of our school grounds.


It is an agreed vision for the school, which is developed by working with all stakeholders and ensures all works and money spent are well considered and provide real value to the School Community.



What will Armadale Primary’s Landscape Master Plan entail?


The scope of the Landscape Master Plan is for all of the exterior of the school grounds only and does not include buildings, with the exception of the school toilets which will be addressed in the design. 

The Master Plan, which is to be produced by landscape architects Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design, will take in to consideration the uses and functions of the school grounds and propose a design, concepts and implementation plan to accommodate current and future needs over the next ten years.

It will include site analysis drawings in response to the existing conditions and the school’s community consultation process.

The final design will include: 

  • concept drawings 
  • a design statement describing key priorities
  • technical elements
  • sections and photos as appropriate to explain the design
  • recommendations on staging of works and options for implementation (e.g. working bees, external contractors)

See attached example of a Master Plan for Patterson Park, Metung.


When will the Master Plan be complete?


It’s expected that the final design for the Landscape Master Plan will be complete by May 2019.




Nov-Dec 2018

Site analysis, school and whole community consultation

How is the school administering the Master Plan process?


The school has established the Master Plan Working Group to manage the process of creating a Master Plan, and to ensure we develop an agreed vision for the school by working with all stakeholders.


The working group is headed by Principal Rochelle Cukier and Deputy Principal Connie Apostolos-Thermos. It works in close consultation with School Council and the Facilities sub-committee and members are: Peter Cracknell, Vita Vampatella, Pippa Cocks, Zaim Zeneli, Cara Bodsworth, Arabella Imhoff, Steve Kruk and Fran Johnson.


Who are the Landscape Architects and how were they appointed?


Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design are the landscape architects responsible for creating Armadale Primary’s landscape Master Plan. Leading Landscape Architect, Andrew Laidlaw, will work directly on the Master Plan, alongside Landscape Designer, Andrea Proctor.


L&L Design has extensive experience in this field including work as the landscape architects for the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and the Kyneton Community Park.


They were appointed by the school following a tender process where four landscape architect firms with school community credentials and references were invited to submit a proposal in response to a comprehensive brief.


L&L Design was chosen based on their detailed, well-considered response to the brief and excellent credentials and references.



Further information:


Please contact any member of the Master Plan Working Group, Facilities sub-committee or School Council if you need any further information or have any questions.