The interest of education never flags; year after year the material is new, the children come up from the nursery to the school room with their life before them, their unbounded possibilities for good, their confidence and expectant hopefulness as to what the future will bring them.
We have a splendid opportunity and are greatly responsible for its use.
Janet Erskine Stuart
Continuing the tradition of strategic planning, the School Board has sought to determine and review the building and infrastructure needs of Sacré Cœur for the next ten year period (2015-2025).
The Board appointed a Special Projects Committee with School and Foundation Board representatives, School Leadership and parent representation. After much consultation and discussion, the following projects have been agreed.
To commence end 2015
Relocation of the Arts and Visual Communication areas to a new purpose built location. This location will include classrooms plus break out rooms; adequate work, storage and display areas; toilets and staff office.
This project will also provide for a refurbished Joigny playground and new half court adjacent to the south side of the Duchesne Gymnasium.
Construction of an underground car park for 100 car spaces, which will provide a net gain of 40 car spaces in the school grounds.
To achieve maximum usage of the available footprint, the new car park and arts building will be sited where the current staff car park is located.
Proposed Site Plan
Detailed planning has commenced for the Arts, carpark and multipurpose building and plans will be available in early 2015 for viewing.
This is an exciting time for Sacré Cœur, with major capital works to be undertaken with benefits to students, staff and parents.
To commence end 2017/2018
Completion of the Multipurpose Building (Janet Erskine Stuart Stage 2) which will incorporate 3 Senior School Science Classrooms on the first floor, a Junior School Science/LOTE Classroom, Staff Lounge on the ground floor and staff offices on the second floor. Provision will be made for store rooms, male and female toilets and lift. The new building will be linked to both the main school building and the Janet Erskine Stuart Centre. There will be an undercroft to link the Junior and Senior School courtyards.
The existing 1960 science rooms will be demolished to make way for the new building.
Refurbishment of the Joigny courtyard.
To commence 2021 or thereabouts
Extension and upgrade of the Florence Buckley Hall to provide space for an additional 120/150 seats on a mezzanine level and renewal of the surrounding precinct.
It is also planned to undertake progressive refurbishment of Joigny during the plan period. The scope of works is currently being assessed.
During 2015 some refurbishment of the current Arts Department will be undertaken pending relocation and provide for alternative future use.
The Sacré Cœur Foundation has been in existence since 2004. Since then, it has made a significant contribution to school development having been supportive of the refurbishment of the school chapel, the external renovation of the historic Brynmawr, and the renovation and extension of the Joigny Junior School. Led by past parent, Mr Tony Busuttil, the Foundation Board meets regularly to plan its ongoing support of the school and the co-ordinating of all school fundraising.
The work of the Foundation remains as central and important to future school development as it has been since its establishment. Now that the Janet Erskine Stuart Centre has been completed, the Foundation is putting all its efforts behind the fundraising for Stage 2 of the Focus on Science Capital Appeal for the refurbishment of the school's science laboratories.
To date, $800,000 has been raised or pledged, but much more is needed to reach the Foundation's target of $1.3 million towards the total cost of $2.25 million. Stage 2 will not be commenced until the target is met.
For more information about the Foundation, click here.
To make a donation to the Focus on Science Capital Appeal, please click here.