St Joe’s plans se­cond cam­pus

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

ST JOSEPH’S Col­lege Echuca will un­dergo a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and a se­cond cam­pus will be es­tab­lished, based on the school’s lat­est long-term strate­gic plan.

“Acorns to Oak Trees” is the lat­est plan cir­cu­lated by the school which re­flects the col­lege’s 133 years of Catholic ed­u­ca­tion and looks to the fu­ture, with the even­tual es­tab­lish­ment of a se­cond cam­pus.

Michael De­laney, St Joseph’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal, said the plan is fo­cused on how best to de­velop the col­lege in the Echuca-Moama re­gion.

“The plan recog­nises en­rol­ments have been grow­ing strongly in re­cent years and re­flects the de­sire of the col­lege com­mu­nity to en­sure that St Joseph’s is well placed to con­tinue to pro­vide qual­ity Catholic ed­u­ca­tion for an­other 130 years,” Mr De­laney said.

In July, the Fu­ture Fa­cil­i­ties Steer­ing Com­mit­tee pre­sented a fea­si­bil­ity study to the col­lege gov­er­nors, Kil­dare Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istries, re­flect­ing the 2018 col­lege theme, “Pur­pose­ful to­days, trans­form to­mor­row”.

The study out­lined trends in ed­u­ca­tion as well as rel­e­vant de­mo­graphic, fi­nan­cial and other data.

It also in­cluded the com­mu­nity’s pre­ferred rec­om­men­da­tions for the fu­ture of the col­lege in its sum­mary.

“Kil­dare Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istries has demon­strated great con­fi­dence in St Joseph’s Col­lege and the Echu­caMoama re­gion by ap­prov­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Fu­ture Fa­cil­i­ties Steer­ing Com­mit­tee,” Mr De­laney said.

“It is with great ex­cite­ment that we share this news with our col­lege fam­i­lies and the wider Echuca-Moama com­mu­nity.

“This sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment will serve the com­mu­nity well into the fu­ture.”

Mr De­laney said the col­lege can now move for­ward to com­plet­ing a com­pre­hen­sive mas­ter plan.

This mas­ter plan will guide the re­fur­bish­ment of the Dick­son St site and the even­tual es­tab­lish­ment of a se­cond cam­pus to cater for the grow­ing school pop­u­la­tion.

“St Joseph’s Col­lege plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in ed­u­cat­ing the young peo­ple in our re­gion and we are con­fi­dent that the mas­ter plan and sub­se­quent projects will en­sure St Joseph’s Col­lege con­tin­ues to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the stu­dents in our care,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process, ar­chi­tects Clarke Hop­kins Clarke (CHC) have been en­gaged to pro­vide the vi­sion for the project.

“With a strong rep­u­ta­tion for the de­liv­ery of ed­u­ca­tion projects, CHC is cer­tain to pro­vide an ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive de­sign,” Mr De­laney said.

A com­mit­tee to over­see the mas­ter plan has been es­tab­lished which Mr De­laney said will guar­an­tee the project best meets the needs of the col­lege and the wider com­mu­nity both now and well into the fu­ture.

“The St Joseph’s Col­lege com­mu­nity can be as­sured that we are fo­cussed on pro­vid­ing the best fa­cil­i­ties for staff, stu­dents and fam­i­lies while build­ing on the his­tory of this great col­lege,” he said.

“Although it is early days for the project and there is still much work to com­plete, we wanted to share the good news with the com­mu­nity of Echu­caMoama and sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

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