Saint Ignatius College Geelong

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    From the Principal

    Article by Mr Michael Exton

    Building Project commences!

    I am glad to inform you that our much-awaited building project has commenced.  These works are located on the vacant land on the south-east corner of the College’s property.  The builders have fenced the site, set up their site sheds and started the earthworks.  This is exciting news as we look forward to accessing the new Year 9 and Multi-Purpose Centres mid next year.

    For your information, I have included some of the architect’s diagrams and drawings with my message (see the photo gallery) and some details about this project as follows.

    Builder: Commercial Industrial Construction Group Pty Ltd (CICG)

    Architect: Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects

    Design & Construction Cost: $14M (approx. overall)

    Funding: The College is very grateful for State and Commonwealth Governments Capital Grants towards the cost of this building project.

    • The Victorian State Government has provided $2M for the Multi-Purpose Centre
    • The Commonwealth Government has provided $2.1M for the Year 9 Centre

    Timeline: Commence 16 July 2018 and Finish - Mid 2019

    Facilities:

    • Year 9 Centre - includes ten classrooms, break-out spaces, teacher offices, toilets.
    • Multipurpose Centre -includes two indoor basketball courts, seating (for up to 1500), fitness room, PE lab, foyer, offices, toilets/showers, storage.
    • Games Courts -includes two outdoor flexi-pave basketball courts.
    • Road and footpaths

    Further information:

    If you require further information or have any questions at any stage, please contact our Business Manager, David Fitzgerald.

    This massive building project will provide our students with tremendous new facilities that will significantly enhance their learning environment.  It will also make a strong statement about the College’s presence as an outstanding faith and learning community.  We have been on the site here at Peninsula Drive for 21 years. For the last eleven years, we have proudly grown as Saint Ignatius College Geelong.  These new facilities will mark an important step forward in the development of our College. It will be symbolic that, as we begin this new chapter, our new Multipurpose Centre will enable the students and staff to meet together again as a community under the one roof.  Also, after many, many years of classes in relocatable rooms, future Year 9 students can look forward to learning in wonderful, attractive and purpose-designed learning spaces.  

    College Feast Day

    Tuesday 31st July is a special day for our College community - the day we celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the College’s patron saint.  All students are expected to attend school on this day and join in the spirit of the day by fully participating in the special activities that have been organised.

    Parents are most welcome to attend the Full School Assembly on this day. Please report to the office at 9.00am so that seating can be organised for you. This assembly in the gym will finish at about 10.30am and morning tea will be provided for parents and friends of the College.

    We have a formal College assembly once each term. This term’s assembly date has been specially chosen to coincide with our feast day. At the assembly, we will acknowledge staff service (10, 15, or 30 continuous years) to the College community, hear from the students who attended the recent Jesuit and Companion Schools Immersion trip to East Timor and present Loyola awards to some students.

    Following the assembly there will be a variety of activities organised for students to participate in for the rest of the day. As some of these activities may be of a sporting nature, all students are required to wear their correct Sports Uniform on this day.

    The canteen will be open at both recess and lunch times. Students can order lunch (“red” foods allowed on our celebration day) from the canteen and there will be a variety of food vans present on the day as well.

    Previous years’ feast day celebrations received overall very positive feedback. We are hoping that this day will continue to be a special one in the culture of the College over the years and indeed a day the students and staff look forward to and celebrate – a very positive community building event.

    Year 7 enrolments 2019

    I am pleased to report very strong interest in the College continued again this year with many more applications than places available for next year.

    The support provided by the students, staff and parents for the Open Day & enrolment promotion program was a valuable/vital contribution to this success – thank you.  The very positive reputation of the College is a commendable result of the commitment of our students, staff and parents to our College community and its continual improvement.

    Due to the large number of applications received, with the College Board’s support, I applied to Catholic Education Melbourne to take an extra stream for 2019 (only.)  I have enrolled 250 students (ten classes of 25 students) for Year 7 next year.

    Any enquiries about enrolment can be made to the College Registrar, Mrs Gail Myers.

    Michael Exton Principal

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