Innovative building developments at Catherine McAuley College create learning opportunities designed to enhance students’ skills and educational pathways. The future of employment is increasingly collaborative and global, so it is vital that students learn to work together, interact and plan in teams.
Catherine McAuley College is a reGEN School, committed to caring for our common home. The reGEN project challenges our community to work together towards the school’s goal of creating a more sustainable and just future. As people of mercy, we are called to open our hearts with compassion to those who need our loving care. We know that if we work together to improve the wellbeing of all people and the health of our planet, we are building a home for ourselves and future generations that is sustainable, just and fair for all.
At Coolock, the state-of-the-art Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre features a performance area, specialist classrooms for drama and music and vibrant learning spaces to support integrated learning across the STEAM areas – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
Works will commence this year on an exciting new community sports hub, with the upgrade of two ovals, a new double court gymnasium, six indoor cricket nets and two netball courts, in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo and Cricket Australia.
At St Mary’s, the fully renovated and re-fitted Sister Anastasia Vanderfeen Building features a modern commercial kitchen, providing opportunities for Food Technology and Hospitality careers and incorporates a canteen and indoor-outdoor dining areas.
Upstairs in the Sr Anastasia Vanderfeen Building, the purpose-built Allied Health area includes hospital beds for practical learning. Allied Health is a major growth area and our iGEN program for Year 10 students, in partnership with Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged, will provide an entry into the industry.
The College has an ongoing program of commissioning iconography that imbues the College with visual representations of Mercy. The pinnacle of this vision so far has been the installation of life-size bronze statues of Catherine McAuley on the upper balcony of the new Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre at Coolock and outside the library at St Mary’s. The statues signal to all who walk through the grounds that the College is a place of Mercy, inspired by Catherine’s values and the charism of Mercy in all that we do.
It is a busy and exciting time at Catherine McAuley College, and we thank everyone involved for their positive participation in planning for our future.