Introducing Walford’s wonderland

Walford’s Junior School playground has undergone a transformation with meticulous care and detail.

Designed in collaboration with our Junior School students, the finished space transports each girl into the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, a realm of magic and curiosity. Every corner unveils surprises from an oversized teacup to toadstools to ‘Alice’s Workshop’. It invites imagination and exploration while intentionally including opportunities for the development of gross motor skills and upper body strength.  

Walford unveils heritage building refurbishment to expand learning spaces 

Walford Anglican School for Girls proudly announces its latest project to reimagine and revitalise the historic Mabel Jewell Baker House into modern learning spaces that honour the building’s rich heritage and quiet elegance. Beautiful, forward-thinking and technology-rich learning spaces have been designed to facilitate academic excellence, flexible learning, and meaningful collaboration. 

“Mabel Jewell Baker House holds a significant place in our school’s story as the literal and symbolic heart of our Middle and Senior School campus,” says Principal Dr Deborah Netolicky. “The transformation of this iconic building into modern learning spaces for future Walford students marks an exciting chapter in the growth of Walford.” 

With over 100 years of history, Mabel Jewell Baker House stands as a testament to tradition and innovation, evolving from its origins as the ‘Woodlyn House’ estate into a cornerstone of educational excellence. The House has served various roles throughout its storied past, from a principal’s residence to a boarding house and a hub for arts and learning.  

The project will extend to transforming the Wait Building by creating light-filled Visual Arts studios, and welcoming Year 12 Common Room spaces designed to foster students’ independence, scholarship, and sense of community. 

“The Mabel Jewell Baker House project follows the successful upgrade of the School’s Design and Technology Centre, Ellen Benham Science Centre, and, most recently, the Junior School playground and Middle and Senior School ‘Heart of Walford’ outdoor works,” adds Dr Netolicky. 

The transformation of Mabel Jewell Baker House will be realised through a collaborative effort with Matthews Architects.

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