St Joe’s plans second campus
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.”