Rooted in our his­tory

FIVE More­ton Bay fig trees that date back to the early 1900s will re­main at Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege if its pro­posed $30 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment goes ahead. Prin­ci­pal Anne Pi­tos said the trees were part of Iona’s her­itage and would be re­tained de­spite the

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

IONA Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege’s his­toric cam­pus could be given a $30 mil­lion makeover if the school’s pro­posed devel­op­ment goes ahead.

Prin­ci­pal Anne Pi­tos said the school’s her­itage would be pre­served, with five More­ton Bay fig trees dat­ing from the early 1900s to be re­tained.

"The trees on the Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege site date back to the early 1900s when the Pre­sen­ta­tion Sisters planted them in the first few years of Iona be­ing on this site,” Mrs Pi­tos said.

“Th­ese trees are val­ued by the col­lege, the Pre­sen­ta­tion Sisters and also the wider Mos­man Park com­mu­nity.

“We re­spect this and there­fore the devel­op­ment has been specif­i­cally de­signed to re­tain the charm and nat­u­ral beauty of our Mos­man Park cam­pus.

“This in­cludes the max­i­mum re­ten­tion of green space and our much-loved trees."

The first stage of the pro­posed devel­op­ment would see the ex­ist­ing li­brary and board­ing house de­mol­ished to make way for a four-storey build­ing in­cor­po­rat­ing vis­ual arts, cafe­te­ria, lec­ture the­atre, li­brary re­source cen­tre, staff com­mu­nity room and gen­eral learn­ing suites, with ad­ja­cent park­ing.

The sec­ond stage would re­sult in a num­ber of build­ings be­ing de­mol­ished and new per­form­ing arts fa­cil­i­ties con­structed, which would in­clude a multi-pur­pose au­di­to­rium, base­ment carpark and mu­sic, drama and dance fa­cil­i­ties.

Mrs Pi­tos said the up­grade was not about in­creas­ing the num­ber of stu­dents or com­pet­ing with other schools in the area.

“This fa­cil­ity up­grade is well over­due and recog­nises the fact that while many of our cur­rent build­ings have served us well, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber no longer meet the re­quire­ments of mod­ern teach­ing and learn­ing,” she said.

"Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege has been a proud mem­ber of the Mos­man Park com­mu­nity for over 100 years now and we have placed con­sid­er­able em­pha­sis on en­sur­ing the com­pleted devel­op­ment achieves an ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance between the needs of our stu­dents while stay­ing true to the her­itage and val­ues of this beau­ti­ful area.

"Through pro­duc­ing this pro­posal, the col­lege and our ar­chi­tects, EIW Ar­chi­tects, have been very mind­ful of the her­itage of the Mos­man Park area and the po­si­tion the Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege cam­pus has in that.”

Nearby res­i­dents will be in­vited to a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion about the devel­op­ment pro­posal.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d425014

Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege stu­dents Phoebe Skerritt, Maia Dono­van-Sah­bolt, Jenna Dil­worth, Stella Masters, Ella Gost, Brid­get Bradley and Si­mona Pel­le­grini.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the col­lege re­de­vel­op­ment.

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