Welcome to the second edition of our Campaign Bulletin. It has been a particularly busy first half of the year with early site preparation completed in the new Junior School and the announcement of a major upgrade to the Edna Holmes Centre for Science.
From a campaign perspective, we are very grateful for the ongoing support and contribution of the St Catherine’s community to both major projects – they will have a significant impact on our students for many years to come. Indeed, we are thrilled to report that we have secured $2.65 million in philanthropic support for our new Junior School, enabling construction work to begin with confidence.
Although we have secured just over eighty percent of our fundraising target of $3 million for the Junior School, the work continues on raising the remaining funds to ensure we can complete building works on budget whilst allowing for the planning and preparation of future School projects, such as a new Performing Arts Centre which will impact on the whole School.
Before providing a short update on our two key projects, we would like to thank you again for your generous support for our campaign and, most importantly, for current and future generations of St Catherine’s girls. It was our pleasure to meet and acknowledge many of you at the Foundation’s annual evening at the National Gallery of Victoria in early May.
We would also like to thank Lisa Steven and the Yulendj Arts Exhibition Committee for arranging a wonderful event from 29 May – 1 June, raising funds and the profile for our Indigenous Scholarship Program.
The Program provides full boarding and academic scholarships for young Indigenous students from across Australia, ensuring they are able to fully participate in the life of the School.
Junior School Project Update
Our Principal, Mrs Michelle Carroll advised parents in late April of School Council’s appointment of Commercial Industrial Construction Group (CICG) for the construction of our new Junior School. CICG has previously undertaken the very successful renewal of our Senior School (2014), the renovations of the Mercantile Rowing Sheds (2013) and some intricate works to the external façade of our Boarding House, the historic mansion, Illawarra (2016). More recently, CICG has also completed extensive projects in other schools, including Xavier College, Strathcona Baptist Girls School and Ballarat & Clarendon College.
Early preparation work for the building and construction phase has begun with the installation of power, water and sewerage supply, detailed excavation and installation of site footings for concrete slabs. The proposed program will see the new Junior School building completed prior to the mid-year break in 2018, allowing the School time to establish the new learning spaces with furniture, technology and educational resources in readiness for the start of Term 3, 2018. Over the mid-year break in 2018, we will also see the demolition of the existing Barbreck building and the final stages of the project taking place with landscaping of the Playing & Sports precinct and the Village Green, occurring in Spring.
The development of a purpose-built Junior School is our most significant building project in over 50 years and forms part of a key component of the Council’s future direction for the School, as outlined in the St Catherine’s School 2020 Vision.
The presentation below outlines the Junior School redevelopment and impact it has on our girls, if you have the time please view it.
Major Upgrade to Edna Holmes Centre for Science
The redevelopment of the Edna Holmes Centre for Science will enhance the delivery of science learning and improves the capacity for our girls to succeed in an emerging workforce based in the science and technology industries.
Key features include:
- Larger and more flexible laboratories to accommodate scientific inquiry and practical work;
- Addition of a third ‘Wet’ Laboratory for Junior Science classes;
- Creation of a new TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design & Engineering Laboratory, specifically a new Robotics store and Optics Lab;
- Installation of emergency eyewash and shower units in all laboratories to improve safety and risk management;
- Extensive refurbishment of the existing Science Centre Courtyard.
The project forms part of a broader strategic intention to strengthen Science, Technology and Mathematics learning at St Catherine’s with the addition of a purpose-built STEM laboratory and recruitment of a Science specialist teacher in the Junior School.
The School has engaged Croxon Ramsay Architects for this project to ensure a consistent thematic design. This firm has designed the Senior School Renewal, Mary Davis Centre and Junior School redevelopment now underway. Architect images for both floors of the Centre for Science are now available.
The project will be phased over the next two to three years to enable teaching spaces to be retained. Phase 1 will include the re-development of two ‘Wet’ laboratories and is due to commence in September 2017. The total cost is $3 million.
Mrs Sally Joubert and Mr Cameron Bertalli