Acorns to Oak Trees
St. Joseph’s College looks to the future.
Approval received for :
- Major refurbishment of Dickson Street Campus
- Eventual establishment of second campus
You may remember that this time last year we launched Acorns to Oak Trees. Covering the 2018 – 2022 period, Acorns to Oak Trees is the title of St. Joseph’s College’s latest Strategic Plan. This document is solidly grounded in, and respectful of, St. Joseph’s College’s 133-year tradition of providing quality Catholic Education in the Brigidine tradition. Acorns to Oak Trees is focused on how best to develop St. Joseph’s College in the Echuca-Moama region. It recognises that enrolments have been growing strongly in recent years and reflects the desire of the College community to ensure that St. Joseph’s is well placed to continue to provide quality Catholic Education for another 133 years.
In the spirit of the 2018 College theme, “Purposeful todays, transform tomorrow”, the Future Facilities Steering Committee in July presented a feasibility study to the College’s governors, Kildare Education Ministries. That study outlined trends in education as well as relevant demographic, financial and other data and included the community’s preferred recommendations for the future of the College.
I am delighted to announce that the Kildare Education Ministries Board has demonstrated great confidence in St. Joseph’s College and the Echuca-Moama region by approving the recommendations made by the Future Facilities Steering Committee.
We can now move forward to completing a comprehensive master plan as soon as possible. This master plan will guide the refurbishment of the Dickson Street site and the eventual establishment of a second campus to cater for our growing school population.
It is with great excitement that we share this news with our St. Joseph’s College families and the wider Echuca-Moama community. This significant development will serve the St. Joseph’s College Catholic learning community well into the future.
St. Joseph’s College plays a significant role in educating the young people in our region and we are confident that the College master plan and subsequent projects will ensure St. Joseph’s College continues to provide the best possible learning environment for the students in our care.
Following a rigorous selection process, architects Clarke Hopkins Clarke (CHC) have been engaged to provide the vision for the project. With a strong reputation for the delivery of education projects, CHC is certain to provide an exciting and innovative design. A committee to oversee the master plan has been established to guarantee the project best meets the needs of the College and the wider community both now and well into the future.
The St. Joseph’s College community can be assured that we are focussed on providing the best facilities for staff, students and families while building on the history of this great College.
Although it is early days for the project and there is still much work to do, we wanted to share the good news with the community of Echuca-Moama and surrounding areas.