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College looks forward to an impressive build


After rapid growth and record enrolments, Thomas More College, Salisbury Downs, hasn’t been able to gather as a whole school community since 2020 – there simply hasn’t been enough space.

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However, that is all about to change with the announcement of a $15 million building development.

The Gymnasium and Performing Arts building will provide a place for staff and students to gather, further strengthening the community.

The project will include a double basketball court, sports and fitness spaces, teaching spaces, staff offices, retractable seating, a performance space with large stage area, back of house and performing arts classroom spaces and studios, specialist music tutorial facilities, a chapel and community gathering space, and a catering space that can also be used as a classroom.

“Our new gymnasium and performing arts precinct on the recently purchased land at Venlo Court will provide state-of-the-art sporting and performing spaces for our students – because they deserve the best,” said principal Corey Tavella.

“Being connected is core to our being at Thomas More. These spaces will provide greater chances for year levels and the whole school to come together. This development will have a tremendous impact on our college and we can’t wait to get started.”

Construction is set to commence in April 2025, with completion estimated in mid to late 2026. Of the approximate $15 million price tag, $7 million will come from loan funding, with the remaining cost to be self-funded by the college.

Thomas More College currently has 1103 students. By 2028 a projected 79 per cent growth in student numbers will see enrolments capped at 1300.


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