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PROJECT FORWARD

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A major redevelopment and expansion program for St Monica’s College, Epping commenced in 2015 and is extending throughout 2016 and 2017. This has the potential to be one of the biggest and most important projects undertaken by the College since its inception. It is called 'Project Forward' .

This decision is based on the adoption of ‘Towards the Future 2015 – 2019’ which was approved by the College Board on 26 March, 2015. In the ‘Finance and Facilities’ section of the Plan, the College is challenged to plan for a very enterprising future in regard to facilities and resources.

Consequently, I am pleased to announce the appointment of a Management Group to direct Project Forward from beginning to end. I shall chair the Management Group which will comprise Mr Graham Bell, Business Manager, and also Ms Amorina Chirico and Miss Paula Di Maria as ex officio members due to their Campus Director roles. I have also appointed Mr Cameron Whitford to this Group in the position of Director of Planning. His responsibilities are to engage the entire College community with Project Forward and to present a report on the parameters of program direction and implementation by the end of 2015.

In relation to the program planning, the following areas will need prioritised investigation and recommendations from Mr Whitford and the Management Group:

  • Audit and review of current specialist facilities throughout the College
  • Audit and review of resources throughout the various areas of operation of the College
  • Information and Communication Technology strategic plan for the next five years
  • Management structure and needs for the next ten years at least
  • School structure – timetable; program delivery; pastoral structures
  • Teaching and Learning at St Monica’s College into the future
  • Financial planning including loan requests and management

The management group has appointed the Architectural firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke to work on the Project and in particular partner Wayne Stephens and associate Simon LeNepveu.

Major physical areas to be considered for Project Forward are:
  • Creation of a new Administration Complex – on the site of Augustine House
  • Demolition of the present Administration Complex to be replaced by teaching and staffing areas (DSC)
  • DSC Chapel
  • Wellbeing Centre (DRC) for: VET Allied Health; DRC counsellors; fitness; other activities as appropriate

Project Forward will be most successful when the whole College community embraces it and when there is genuine and authentic communication, consultation and listening leading to wise decision-making.

St Monica's College, Epping, acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which our school is built. For more information, please click here.