Major development at Simonds Catholic College
By Peter Riordan - Principal
Wednesday, February 1 was an historic day in the history of Simonds Catholic College as, for the first time, all Year 7 to 12 students and staff were located on the one campus at 273 Victoria St, West Melbourne.
It was the beginning of an exciting chapter in the story of Simonds Catholic College. The move to a single campus will provide the impetus to further shape the school culture and the very fabric of our school.
To begin the school year the entire school community assembled in the beautiful parish church of St Mary Star of the Sea to receive a blessing from the parish priest, Fr Anthony Bernal. The College Principal, Mr Peter Riordan and the College Captain, Christian Tringali, also addressed the college community on this momentous occasion.
The school’s recent $9.5 million acquisition of 52-58 Chetwyn St, West Melbourne will see an end to more than a decade of logistical challenges, with the amalgamation of both campuses to one inner-city location in West Melbourne.
As well as the acquisition of the property in Chetwynd St, there has also been a major refurbishment of a number of the existing buildings to give students and staff state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
Over the coming months within the shell of this recently acquired building the college will be constructing a STEM centre with physics, chemistry and biology laboratories, as well as general purpose classrooms, a massive passive recreation deck, staff work areas and parking.
Simonds Catholic College is one of only a few inner-city schools, who are experts in educating boys in a multicultural and multifaith environment and take students from all over Melbourne.
The upgraded facilities will further enhance the vision statement of the college, which is to develop confident, well-rounded young men who have hope for the future. •
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