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Sod-turning marks Nazareth milestone


A major milestone in the development of Nazareth Catholic Community’s new Kidman Park Campus for Year 11 and 12 students was celebrated recently.

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Despite the cold and wintery conditions, 14 significant stakeholders in the project picked up shovels to turn the first sods of soil and commemorate the major expansion project.

Participating in the ceremony on June 3 were Archbishop Patrick O’Regan; director of Catholic Education SA (CESA), Dr Neil McGoran; chair of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools, Professor Denis Ralph; chair of the Nazareth Governing Council, John Mula; College principal, Andrew Baker; Business manager, Darren Bailey; De’Arne Matthews and Amanda Humeniuk from CESA; Stewart Caldwell and Hariklia Pontikinas of Russell and Yelland Architects; and Lauren Knight and James Kennett of Kennett Builders.

Nazareth Middle School leaders Ava Mowday and Matthew Beer.

Also digging in were Nazareth Middle School leaders Matthew Beer and Ava Mowday, who will be among the first senior cohorts to occupy and graduate from the new campus.

The brand-new purpose-built facility, dedicated to Year 11 and 12 students, will effectively duplicate the facilities currently available at Nazareth’s Flinders Park Campus.

It will include general learning spaces, student hubs for collaboration and self-directed study, a performing arts space, music suite, food and technology kitchens, design and technology spaces, engineering and STEM facilities, arts, sciences, a double court gymnasium, outdoor oval areas, weights and fitness facilities, a café, student services and administration spaces.

Foundations have been poured in key areas such as the performing arts space and design and technology areas, with the campus scheduled to open in mid-2023.

“The project is a big and exciting venture for all involved and we anticipate that the facility will greatly enhance community engagement and provide diverse educational pathways for students,” said principal Andrew Baker.


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