Shearwater Masterplan 1995 – 2007
Shearwater school in rural Mullumbimby has rapidly grown since its birth in 1995, paralleling and meeting the aspirations of a changing community and lifestyle. The original masterplan established strings of buildings with interconnecting raised covered verandahs and walkways in response to the semi tropical climate and high rainfall. At the heart of the plan, a horseshoe cluster of administration, staff, library and euythmy facilities are located around a magnificent fig tree
Natural drainage lines have been rehabilitated and landscaped with buildings acting as bridges as they crisscross the streams. The Mullumbimby Creek has been extensively re forested with native rainforest species and now provides a rich educational facility for all ages.
As the school expanded, additional land was purchased and the Master Plan adapted to the growing school needs. In 2014 the original plan was successfully adapted to accommodate double streaming and the high school layout evolved to support the schools rich curriculum.
In 2017 the Shearwater Early Childhood precinct was planned and built in its own precinct against the background of the beautiful mountains..
At all times the buildings are articulated and spaced to choreograph the students journey through the fertile landscape whilst minimising impact. The spaces between buildings are given special attention, with large covered vernadahs and landscaped courtyards providing for outdoor learning spaces.