Amberley State School

Location: Yamanto, Australia
Client: Department of Education and Training
Status: Completed 2010


Since its opening in 1862 Amberley State School (formerly Warrill Creek) has remained and continues as one of Queensland’s oldest schools. Its proximity to the Amberley RAAF Base has always ensured a close relationship with the Defence community with many staff having sent their children to the school during their postings. A decision was made following the need to expand the adjacent RAAF Base, a new purpose built school would be built on a new site at Yamanto a short distance from the existing school. JCA’s brief was to interpret the core values of the school and incorporate these attributes into the design of the new Amberley State School. Work closely with key representatives from the P&C in addittion to Education, the masterplan focused on providing a layout setback from the surround streets and embracing the school oval. This ability to isolate the school from the adjacent housing and roads was fundamental to the rural aesthetic so prevalent in the original school. The design introduced a more contemporary architecture and through the use of colour provided a way finding methodology easily recognisable by the students. The school although significantly gander in size, space and technology than the original school retains much of the emotional and esoteric values of Amberley State School and continues the proud traditions onto a newer generation.

Photography: Roger D'Souza