Many of you will have noticed that our building works at St Anne’s have begun and that structures are emerging from the rubble of the old houses originally situated on this site. Mr Beckman, Mr Van Berkel and I have been working with our builders, Brooker Builders, to ensure a smooth start to the project and effective overall management of the site.
Earlier this term the original houses, including the old ELC, were demolished and the site cleared for the construction of our Year 3/4 Centre. The new building will consist of four state of the art classrooms, common meeting spaces and a small amphitheatre. It will provide a wonderful new learning space for all of our Years 3 and 4 students as well as much-needed breakout and flexible learning spaces. Some of these new spaces will also provide dedicated areas for parent meetings and information sessions. Our Years 3 and Year 4 students will remain in their current classrooms until the end of this year, with the aim of moving in to the new building early next year. Apart from Kingsford-Smith, the current Years 3 and 4 classrooms will be demolished as the final part of this project.
After years of planning and discussion, it is very exciting to see the development of the site. We will watch with great anticipation as the new building takes form. I have included some artist’s impressions of the new building below, and Mr Van Berkel will be placing a full set of plans in the foyer of Lorna Sparrow Hall for viewing.
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to recently ‘turn the first sod’ of soil with our Board Chair, Mr Bill Jones, Member of the Foundation Executive, Mrs Lara Levchenko, our builders Ross and Michelle Brooker, the Very Rev. Susanna Pain and our wonderful St Anne’s students. I would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of the State Government and the School’s Foundation, without which this project would not have been possible. I look forward to providing regular updates throughout the build. To all those who have contributed to the School’s Building Fund, your generosity is greatly appreciated. We look forward to your continued involvement in this project and future support for a new Performing Arts Centre at Garnsey Campus.