Towards the end of 2021 and throughout 2022 is looking rather busy for the College in terms of capital works at the Junior School & Senior School campuses. It is exciting to know that four major projects will be completed as part of the capital works program. These projects are as follows: -
Junior School– Undercover Basketball & Netball Court + Outdoor Volleyball Court – The Junior School is in desperate need of additional undercover recreation space for out of class activities, PDHPE classes, IPSSO sport, assemblies, functions, etc. The new undercover court will also have a covered way joining to the main teaching block. A synthetic grass volleyball court will adjoin the new undercover court.
Senior School – New Undercover Entrance to the College Administration Building and Top Car Park Works– Due to the ongoing deterioration of the red brick pavers at the entrance to the Senior School Administration area, near the College Uniform Shop / Brother Luke Hall and moving to and from the Chapel, a new undercover entrance is being constructed linking the Top Car Park outside the Brother Senan Boarding House to the College Administration Building. The new work will incorporate ramps for disabled access, new College signage, new paving, and a second access point from the Top Car Park area.
Senior School – Four New Basketball Courts– The four outdoor basketball courts in the Senior School are in need of upgrading and replacement due to ongoing weathering and deterioration of the playing surfaces, goal posts and court perimeter netting. Four new basketball courts will be built in the same precinct as the existing courts. Two of the new courts will be covered by a high barrel-vault roof for weather protection. These courts will also have the ability to be used for outdoor functions with lighting, sound and video functionality incorporated into the design.
Senior School– New Futsal & PDHPE Playing Court – Part of the grassed area outside the Brother Luke Hall overlooking the new basketball courts will give way to a new competition size, artificial grass Futsal court, with surrounding seating in a stadium style design. This additional playing space will benefit our students for their PDHPE classes, during Thursday sport, and at break times.
The completion of these four capital projects by the end of this year will provide an enormous boost to the facilities available to our students and to our community.
During the second half of 2021 we will finalise the design work for our new STEM / Music / Food Technology / 200 seat Theatre building which will be built during 2022 ready for occupation in 2023. The new building will be built on the vacant site at the rear of the Marian Learning Centre, adjoining the Visual Arts and Technologies block. Initially, we had thought the block would house STEM and a Theatre, but design work has now incorporated news spaces for Music and a Food Technology room.
Finally, work is also underway looking at the renovation of the learning spaces in the lower classrooms of the Heritage (000) Block, and classroom spaces in the 100 Block, 200 Block and 400 Block. These classroom renovations will be to ensure we have contemporary teaching and learning spaces into the future.
Ongoing works on our playing fields and the Boarding Houses are on our agenda also for 2022 and beyond. Certainly, exciting times at St Gregory’s as we witness these works take place and the facilities for our students, both current and future are greatly enhanced.