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Stradbroke Primary School Students Share Design Ideas

Posted 17 Dec 2021

Passionate year 5 students at Stradbroke Primary School have been busy brainstorming clever ideas to help shape the design of our new hospital.

Earlier this year, teacher Ela Pickering and her class worked closely with nWCH Consumer Engagement Project Manager, Jane Haley to develop original ideas for learning, entertainment and resting spaces in our new building.

The students were first asked to develop design goals based on what would be most important to them in the new hospital.

The most popular answers amongst the class included:

  • making spaces inclusive and accessible for all children
  • making sure the new hospital is environmentally sustainable
  • ensuring children feel welcome and safe when they access the hospital

Guided by these goals, students worked in small groups to establish key features of each area. They then used Minecraft Education software to transform their hand-drawn designs into a 3D format.

In December 2021, the students presented their final designs to Jane and the nWCH Communications Team. A snapshot of the students’ clever designs has been captured in a short video.

The school’s contribution is a wonderful example of how children and the South Australian community are helping to shape the design of our new hospital.

Thank you Stradbroke Primary School for sharing your classroom with us. We will now share your valuable insights and drawings with the nWCH Design team. You have certainly given the Design team a lot to think about.

The nWCH Project plans to engage a number of local schools in 2022 to continue consultation with a broader group of students.

To get involved, contact the team at, or submit an expression of interest to our engagement team.