The Need: Academic and Operational
Why does the College need such a comprehensive building plan?
Since it was established in 1880, the College has grown significantly in the number of buildings and facilities required to cater for its increasing number of students and staff. Each expansion has largely been the result of specific requirements, but it is now time to create a definitive and overarching plan that achieves the best use of all existing facilities while creating innovative and inspirational spaces that adapt to the future.
Will the building works affect the day-to-day operation of the College?
No, the College will remain fully operational throughout the building works, though some areas may be restricted or access diverted while works are underway. Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions while ensuring the safety of our students, staff and visitors.
How long will construction take?
The different stages of the plan will be rolled out as funding and timetabling permits. With Stage One (Therry Building) now completed, the next stage is anticipated to commence in 2019.
Does the College plan to increase enrolments?
At the present time, the College is not considering expanding enrolments on the Senior Campus. The main purpose is to improve facilities for existing students and the wider community.
Will this affect my school fees?
A change in school fees is not anticipated to accommodate the building plan. College Council is committed to capping the annual fee increase at an overall average rate of 4.75% for Tuition Fees and 4.00% for Boarding Fees, in line with the College’s Long Term Financial Model that seeks to maintain the quality and sustainability of the educational offering.
How is this project being funded?
The Ignis Project is made possible through the current financial modelling of the College along with philanthropic income from significant bequests. Commonwealth and State funding does not provide for capital works maintenance or the redevelopment of the College, therefore future construction will rely on generous community support, including major giving, voluntary contributions to the building fund, annual gifts and bequests.
Environment & Innovation
What measures have been taken to reduce our carbon footprint?
The masterplan of the Ignis Project is guided by sustainability principles including: efficient building design, waste avoidance, rainwater harvesting, ventilation and thermal mass. The Therry Building is equipped with solar panels to harvest natural energy and support sustainability, while roof orientation and pitch have also been established to support optimum efficiency from photovoltaic systems, should they be installed at a later date.