Newhaven College’s new $10M Senior centre nears completion

EMERGING from the dust and ready to soar in 2018 is the latest addition to Newhaven College, the awe-inspiring $10 million Senior School, Science, Art and Technology centre, due for completion this year.

The state of the art learning centre exudes style, commands an elevated position and is a credit to the Melbourne architect firm, Hayball Architects.

Funded with the assistance of a Federal Government $1.4 million grant for the Senior School, the science, art and technology wing was fully funded by the college.

The wing will feature five science labs including an outdoor lab, multi-media centre, makers room, three art spaces, dark room, textiles area, offices and toilet facilities.

The Senior School will offer spacious common rooms, including lounge space, outdoor social and study seating and tables, standing desks, brand new personal lockers, meeting rooms, specialist room and impressive lecture theatrette that opens to extra outdoor learning space.

The 85 Year 12 students will enjoy their final year of school with a dedicated common/lunch room equipped with microwaves, tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor study/social areas.

Teachers are well catered for with a spacious staff room, kitchenette, meeting room, break out areas and special areas for VCE teachers, and offices for heads of staff.

Builders and contractors have been putting the finishing touches to the state of the centre that, according to college principal Gea Lovell, should be complete by mid way through this month.

The Senior School will be finished mid-December and up and running for years 10, 11 and 12 students to start their 2018 school year.

While disruption to students at Boys Home Road has been kept to a minimum, Mrs Lovell said they have already started the final move from the Boys Home Road school.

“We have moved the library over and as of November 20, all removable and workable screens and computers will be moved. Most of the honour boards and plaques have been brought over and hung,” she said.

“The Values Tree, a landmark of the Boys Home Road school, has been re-established with a newly planted Morton Bay fig tree that in time will provide a beautiful shady haven for the many generations to come.”

Mrs Lovell said she believed in retaining the history of the college and has made every effort to ensure the history of the original school at Boys Home Road in Newhaven lives on at the current college site.

The rest of the move will occur once the Junior Presentation evening has been held in the first week of December and the staff will move in the week of December 8.

Overseeing every part of the build from endless site meetings, trips to Melbourne and hours spent making sure the build is on time and precision perfect, Mrs Lovell seems to revel in her hands on role with the whole building process.

She was quick to commend her project manager David Butt and local building firm DAS Constructions from Wonthaggi and all her school board and all the college staff for making the process run smoothly.

With the newest addition to the 82 acre Newhaven College site just about finished, that will see all 930 students from Prep to Year 12 housed on the one site for the first time in the school’s history next year.

The $1 million major roadworks and parking project are due to start to make traffic flow around the college easier and safer.

The first sods have already turned ready for the construction of the new Federal Government funded $1.75 million gymnasium and hockey and soccer fields and tennis courts.

The gymnasium tender contract will be awarded later this month.

Mrs Lovell’s thoughts have already turned to the next stage of the master plan: the performing arts centre.

She said there would be serious work going into funding and hoped benefactors would come on board.

“The concept plans will be drawn up in the next 18 months and we would be looking at starting in 2020,” she said.

Mrs Lovell started at the college in 2011 and is thrilled to be part of the exciting development at Newhaven College in the last six years and looks forward to providing even better facilities for her students.

As for vacancies, there are very limited spaces left in the lower grades and some room in the senior levels.





History lives on: the Value Tree, an icon of the original Newhaven College on Boys Home Road, has found a new home at the Phillip Island Road college with a newly planted Morton Bay Fig.
College principal Gea Lovell said the tree will carry on a rich history for generations of students to come.

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