A blend of the old and the new, Clifton Hill Primary School comprises a large, original 1874 Victorian building, a converted 'boot' and later 'organ' factory, a large multipurpose space, library and music facility constructed in 2011 and a purpose built Science Centre constructed in 2013.
A new library was built at CHPS in 2011 with Building Education Revolution funds. This provided a bright and spacious area to house the collection of picture books, novels and information books which support both the recreational needs and curriculum support for students and staff. It also provides space for small group work away from the classroom with support staff. Teacher reference materials also find a space here. The library is well-resourced with computers and up-to-date borrowing systems.
The library is staffed on alternate days by a trained teacher-librarian and an experienced teacher, who both have a passion for children's literature and a broad knowledge of the collection in the library. Students visit the library each week to borrow, and they are also welcome to borrow before or after school or during their lunch break.
Significant funds have been allocated to the library which allows us to continually develop the collection with new and exciting titles to read. The Premier's Reading Challenge is coordinated through the library each year. Book Week, which has been part of the school calendar for over sixty years, sees us bring a number of authors and illustrators into the school to bring to life the creation of children's literature.
The Di Nevile Science Centre was officially opened in late 2013 by Nobel Laureate, and former Australian of the Year, Professor Peter Doherty. The building was named after long-serving CHPS teacher, and passionate advocate of science education, Di Nevile. This facility would not have been possible without the amazing fundraising efforts of the school community and the vision and support of principals Geoff Warren and Megan Smith and the members of School Council.
All Abilities Playspace
In 2020, a brand new All Abilities Playspace was constructed. This includes:
Wheelchair-accessible entry points
Sensory squish pole garden
Wheelchair accessible path throughout the area
Kitchen cubby area.