Aquatic hub best in class
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.