Over the past five years, Padua College has undergone significant changes to better meet the future educational needs of its students. Construction of the Whyte Senior Learning Centre facilitated the provision of a Year 10-12 Senior Program with additional subject offerings and the opportunity for Year 10 students to complete a three-year VCE or three-year VCAL Program.
Following extensive consultation with education professionals, staff, parents and student communities, the College Leadership Team made the decision in 2021 to prioritise the planning and construction of a purpose-built Year 7-8 Centre at Mornington. The new, revised Campus Masterplan aims to ensure that College facilities keep pace with modern teaching pedagogy to support Padua's new Learning and Teaching Framework. New facilities at the Mornington Campus such as the Performing Arts Centre and Whyte Senior Learning Centre will benefit all Padua students, the Year 7-9 Campuses at Rosebud and Tyabb will continue to be updated and refurbished, where required, as part of the College's annual capital expenditure program.
Designed by Baldasso Cortese Architects, the dedicated 3,600sqm Centre for Year 7 and 8 students will provide the perfect environment for 550 junior students to begin their secondary school education at Padua’s Mornington Campus. Construction commenced in 2022 with completion forecast for the end of 2023, ready for our Year 7 2024 cohort to begin their high school journey.
Environmental design considerations ensure the inclusion of ample green spaces within the junior precinct and the incorporation of a loggia to offer spacious, sheltered areas for play. Modern classrooms have been designed to open up to central areas and adjoining classrooms to allow for flexible learning spaces to facilitate the delivery of optimal educational outcomes.
An architectural atrium at the heart of the building forms a central gathering space for our junior students. Ground floor space will be occupied by a stand-alone administration centre, sickbay, Junior Campus leadership offices, staff work and lounge areas, a Learning Enhancement Hub, Science and STEM rooms, student kitchenettes and facilities, with student lockers, House Co-ordinator offices and 18 classrooms appointed on the floor above.
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