Aquatic hub best in class

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

CON­STRUC­TION of an aquatic precinct for the use of Methodist Ladies College (MLC) and Christ Church Gram­mar School ( CCGS) could be­gin next month.

The Town of Clare­mont re­cently ap­proved the joint de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to build a 40m x 25m pool on MLC land.

Part of the plan fea­tures the re­lo­ca­tion of 19 car park­ing bays, mod­i­fi­ca­tions to MLC chang­ing rooms and a com­mu­nal stu­dent area at CCGS.

The precinct will fea­ture an ex­ist­ing CCGS 50m pool, along with the new pool, all en­closed by a sin­gle fence.

“I’m very ex­cited to be prin­ci­pal at a time when we’re hop­ing to ful­fil a com­mu­nity project we’ve wanted for many years,” said MLC prin­ci­pal Marie Perry.

“This aquatic precinct will be fully heated and will al­low our stu­dents to swim all year round.”

The grassed area in front of the MLC sports hall – vis­i­ble from Stir­ling High­way – will be re­moved for the new pool, which will func­tion as a 25m lap train­ing pool, an Olympic-sized wa­ter polo court or two wa­ter polo train­ing courts.

MLC and CCGS will host mi­nor in­ter-school, in­traschool, week­end and train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the pool, with no ma­jor in­ter-school events or ex­ter­nal club use.

CCGS prin­ci­pal Alan Jones said the joint aquatic precinct would be among the best of its kind across in­de­pen­dent schools.

“Health and well­be­ing is such a sig­nif­i­cant part of our ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, and both schools will be able to utilise the fa­cil­i­ties for their re­spec­tive phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion les­sons and sports pro­grams,” he said.

“With a short­age of wa­ter polo fa­cil­i­ties in Perth, we are look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to train and play our home PSA fix­tures in the new pool.”

MLC has set a $1 mil­lion fundrais­ing tar­get for the aquatic precinct, which is an­tic­i­pated could be ready for use in 2020.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new aquatic precinct.

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