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Mary MacKillop College announces major campus plans


A new $10 million science and art centre and innovation hub at Mary MacKillop College, Kensington, has been given the go-ahead and will be named in honour of Father Julian Tenison Woods.

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This project is the largest undertaking the college has embarked on in 20 years.

Approved by the State Commission Assessment Panel last month, construction of the new facility will begin in December this year and is expected to be ready for the 2024 school year.

This landmark redevelopment will meet the growing demands of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education at the 7-12 girls’ school.

The two-storey building will feature innovative ‘maker’ spaces, art and design studios and science laboratories.

Principal Kath McGuigan said  Fr Tenison Woods was an integral part of the college’s heritage and was both an artist and a scientist.

To meet the growing demands of STEAM education, the Tenison Centre has been specifically designed to inspire future generations of women in STEAM. Notable Australian female scientists and artists, including alumni, will be honoured in the new building with their names displayed on curved staircases.

“We’re building an environment for girls to build their own futures,” Mrs McGuigan said.

Minimal disruption to classroom learning is expected, with only the existing Arts transportables and two of the multi-sports courts earmarked for replacement.

JPE Design Studio have been appointed to design the building.

“Mary MacKillop College has a proud history of educational excellence for girls,” Mrs McGuigan said.

“Forward-thinking teachers and learning experiences that inspire have kept us at the forefront of girls’ education for 70 years.

“We now require innovative facilities to reflect our tradition of educational excellence and commitment to continuous improvement. With the help of staff and the Student Representative Council we’ve developed a new building that will transform our campus with contemporary learning spaces to facilitate truly innovative teaching and learning.”

To view a video about the project, click here.

To view a flythrough of the project, click here.


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