A new era of learning begins for St Rita’s College with the unveiling of its new state-of-the-art learning precinct, the largest build to occur at the school.
The $40-million Trinity Centre is a five-level specialist facility that will be home to the school’s music studios, rehearsal spaces, drama studios, film and television studios, a multipurpose theatre/hall, social space, and twelve general learning areas with associated breakout spaces.
“The Trinity Centre will be an important landmark in today’s modern and global educational landscape, bringing together and further enhancing many existing programs under one roof,” Principal Mrs Dale Morrow said.
“The classroom furniture, adaptable technology and all spaces in the precinct aim to provide a flexible, contemporary learning environment affording peer-to-peer collaboration and seamless technology.”
“The design also highlights the College’s proud heritage, employing the words NANO and RITA architecturally.”
The new precinct will enhance the students’ academic, arts and communal experience and provide a space for performances, examinations, speaker programs, and College-wide functions and events.
Some of the key elements of the Trinity Centre include an auditorium/multi-purpose space that can seat 400 people; 12 general learning spaces, each with 2 breakout areas and greater average classroom size; flexible learning furniture advocated by the latest educational theories; and a large general assessment area ability on all levels.
Trinity Centre also houses the musical instruction classrooms, drama/rehearsal classrooms, foyer/reception area, gallery area, box office, modern new pantry, and outdoor learning areas. St Rita’s College is also the first school in Australia to use the new technology software Utelogy.
The fit out of the Centre received a funding boost via a “Giving Day” campaign launched in late 2019. Through the help of Lead Donors, some 400 members of the College community, and the Alumnae and Parents and Friends Association, the campaign raised over $400,000 for furniture, pianos, chairs, desks, whiteboards, bag racks and more.
The Official Opening and Blessing of the Trinity Centre is set to be held in March 2020.