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Docklands kids awarded school design prize

30 Jun 2016

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They may not have started primary school yet but the children from The Harbour Family and Children’s Centre in Docklands sure know what they would like to see in their “dream” school.

Children from Room 9 at the centre were last month named one of the winners of a “design your dream city school” competition.

The children worked on their design over six weeks, using a range of different materials to create their school model.

Some of the more unique elements of the design included a koala school and a building featuring plenty of slides from the roof.

The design competition was held by lobby group City Schools 4 City Kids (CS4CK), which is campaigning for more government primary and secondary schools in the inner city.

Other winners included nine-year-old Banjo Moses from Hawthorn East and CBD resident Alex Weaner.

CS4CK spokesperson Denise Fung-Henderson said entries had been received from pre-school and primary school students across Docklands, the CBD and inner-city suburbs.

“It was interesting to see how the schools designed were very traditional, spread-out schools,” she said.

“Many of the children still see schools as a place with plenty of space to play, compared to what will most likely happen in the city which will be a vertical school.”

“It shows kids still really want open space and somewhere to play in their dream school,” Ms Fung-Henderson said.

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