Illalong News

  • 15th June, 2017

From the Principal's Desk

As we go to the end of Semester holiday break, it gives me great pleasure to inform our community that the College Board have approved the development of the newest facility to our campus!

This new building, to be located next to the hockey oval (where our current Out of School Hours Care rooms sit) will stand three storeys and be almost 4,500m2 in area. This magnificent development will provide new Pre-Prep facilities for our Early Childhood Centre, and dedicated Out of School Hours Care facilities on the Ground Floor. This will include new purpose-built play spaces as well.

Classrooms and a multitude of learning facilities that are specifically designed with contemporary learning in mind, including a lecture theatre and performance spaces, will be located on the First Floor. These wonderful new contemporary, flexible spaces will surround a grand atrium, which will give a sense of space and openness to these new learning areas.

The Second Floor comprises new staff facilities, a dedicated professional library and research area for staff, a filming pod for both staff and student use, and a contemporary Years 4-6 Library and Learning Centre.

These learning facilities will be quite unlike anything developed in South-East Queensland and will provide opportunities for innovation, creativity, and contemporary learning for our students, provide greater access to outstanding resources and facilities, and aid in professional development by encouraging staff to undertake further research and study in education.

This development is anticipated to commence in January 2018 and will have Stage 1 completed in just over a year. We are hoping to commence some of the civil works in the coming weeks, which will include completing the gravel car park between the Peter Sippel Playing Fields and the hockey oval. The development will result in the current White and Bunyip Playgrounds being removed for the construction of the building. New play spaces will be created for 2018 for our Junior School students to replace these facilities.

This development further allows for the refurbishment of the Parkes Building as a new and expanded Library for the Senior School and a special Year 12 Centre. This extra development will be staged after completion of this, our newest and most significant capital project to be attempted in the College.

As we further refine the project and develop our thoughts on the various materials to be used, I will be delighted to provide you with updates and insight into this new and very exciting project. I am sure it will be a wonderful space for all our students, and am pleased that it further provides the opportunity to create a Year 12 Centre and new Senior School Library.

I would like to note with thanks the work of Councillor William Owen-Jones in assisting the College in our planning applications and throughout the approval process, and also Board Member, Tim Peters for his guidance and leadership on this significant project.

Finally, I wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope that it is a time of peace and much refreshment for you all.

Brian Grimes

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