On Wednesday 11 October, the Minister of Education and Deputy Premier, James Merlino accompanied by Mr Tim Richardson, State Member for Mordialloc, attended Mordialloc College to officially open our new gymnasium in the morning. We had a number of special guests attending including, Jenny Cocks, the Director of MINX architecture, Managing Director – Mr. Duncan McPherson OAM and the General Manager – Mr Joe Hastie of 2Construct Pty Ltd, Mr Simon Hamilton Bayside Area Executive Director, representing the South East region, School Council president Nicky Hersey and Vice President Ian Fox.
After taking the minister on a short tour of the school, the official proceedings took place in the new gym, with speeches by myself and Mr Merlino, and then the official ribbon cutting! Sport Captains Declan Brightman and Serena Sykes, School Captains Finn McHenry and Elena Holland and Vice-Captains Scott Kingsbury and Imogen Kane, all enjoyed being part of this ceremony with me.
We look forward to the substantial contribution this facility will make to the teaching of PE and Sport at our school with a number of functional spaces for multiple groups at any one time, including the school funded physiology lab which will only enhance the educational opportunities for our students. This facility also provides an important community asset, with outside sporting groups able to utilise the facility out of school hours.
This was also an important opportunity for me to again speak to James and Tim about further State Government funding to complete our masterplan and cater for the increase in our student enrolments. They again acknowledged that there was a need for further facility development and were receptive to our plans for the future including the development of a new Visual Arts/Technology Centre, new Year 8 Learning Centre and a new Senior School study centre with classrooms attached.
Ms. Michelle Roberts