The College has embarked on a building project which will provide new and better facilities for Marist. It is expected that Stage 1 of the project will be ready early in 2018, the College’s 50th jubilee year.
The scope of the project addresses needs which have risen out of master planning which has occurred on two occasions in the last 15 years, the most recent being in 2013. This latest exercise identified the Technology building and the Art building as being high priorities.
The first steps involved the removal of asbestos on the site of the former Brothers' Monastery with complete demolition of the building (except the Chapel) undertaken before building commences early 2017.
The Building project has been divided into two stages, the first commencing in 2016 and the second in 2021.
Stage 1 (commencing 2016):
Stage 1 will be a three storey building incorporating new TAS, Art, Senior Common room, canteen and Enrichment and Learning Support facilities. It will involve the immediate demolition of the three bedroom wings of the monastery and following completion, the demolition of the current TAS block and Senior Common room. This will provide the opportunity to include a new forecourt and parking area. As well, part of the remaining Monastery will be converted to accommodation for visiting Brothers. The cost of stage 1 is expected to be $15 million.
Stage 2 (expected 2021):
Stage 2 will see the demolition of the Art building and construction of a new Administration Building which would cater for Junior and Senior school needs, freeing up current administration spaces for needed learning facilities thus creating a single, common College administration as well as being the main entrance for the College.
As well as the construction of this facility, the remaining parts of the monastery would be refurbished to house an education facility for marginalized youth.
The cost of Stage 2 is expected to be $10 million.
It is anticipated the boys and staff who will make use of them will benefit greatly from the provision of what is expected to be excellent educational facilities.
The cost of the project will be met through the College's current building fund contributions (capital levy) and surpluses created over the years. This project will not attract Government capital funding.
This generation of parents and fee payers reaps the benefits of the sacrifices made by previous generations of families. It is now our place and responsibility to ensure future generations of Marist boys can benefit from our efforts just as we have done.