We have had a very busy couple of weeks with the opening of the new building, Year 12 Graduation and Formal, final P&F meeting for 2020 and our Year 7 - 2021 Information Evening and testing day.
On the 2nd of July 2019 we saw the first of the fences up to start demolition of our A block, the first building on our site here at Dundas in 1962. Fast forward to the 9th November, 2020 as our first groups of students entered the new learning spaces for the first time. As I said to students you will always be the first students to use this building.
The building has been a long time vision for the College, to create what is sometimes called the third teacher. Contemporary theories and research recognises and values the environment as a ‘third teacher’. Behind educators and families, physical spaces hold the potential to influence what and how young people learn.
The new building consists of 12 flexible learning spaces that allow Inquiry learning to really take shape. These new spaces will allow us to bring to life in a much more authentic way, our Vision for Learning. As a College we need to provide learning that builds the character, competencies and wellbeing to allow our young people to flourish and thrive in the world, both now and into their future. We aim to ensure our students develop efficacy and expertise, to become assessment capable learners who are able to articulate where they are in their learning, where they need to go and what they need to do next.
This week our new furniture has arrived for the Library, which we hope to have up and running again next week.
I have spoken to students about chewing gum, which is a banned substance at the College. Despite my request we have already had 3 instances of checking gum stuck under desks and on the floor. This is extremely disappointing. I ask that you ensure your child/ren does not bring gum to school at all. I know that you would understand the need to follow through with consequences when this community expectation is not met.
I would like to thank Ms Vicki Fraser our Business Manager and Mr Garry Stanwell our Groundsman for their extensive support throughout the building project and the team at FAL our builders for the great collaborative effort. I would also like to thank the CEDP for providing the community at St Patrick’s Marist with these outstanding contemporary learning spaces.