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New STEM centre for Blackfriars

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On their first day back at school, Year 12 students at Blackfriars Priory School were pleased to see the progress that has been made on the college’s new $10 million building currently under construction.

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To be named the Aquinas Centre after the 13th century Dominican friar, scholar and philosopher, St Thomas Aquinas, the state-of-the-art building will house a specialist Year 12 centre and STEM facilities.

Appropriately, on St Thomas’ feast day on January 28, school chaplain Fr William Loh OP blessed the building site in a ceremony attended by a small number of students and staff.

Blackfriars principal Simon Cobiac said the new facility is part of the school’s master plan which “reflects the needs of contemporary educational thinking and research”.

“The spaces we will create over the next few years focus on innovative learning methods – on the development of creative thinking ability rather than the traditional accumulation of knowledge and expansion of predetermined skills,” he said.

Located next to the school’s main entrance on Prospect Road, the centre was designed by architects Swanbury Penglase and construction is being undertaken by Partek. It is due to be completed in Term 3.

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