St John's Anglican College and broader community collaborate

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St John’s Anglican College families and the Centenary Suburbs community collaborate to make the college’s Sports Centre Redevelopment a reality, set to benefit students and the broader community

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The commencement of St John’s Anglican College Sports Centre Redevelopment was marked on Friday 11 October with a turning of the soil ceremony at the secondary campus.

Members of the St John’s community gathered to celebrate this special milestone in the history of the College with State Member for Jordan Charis Mullen MP offering the official welcome on behalf of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and The Rev’d John Coleman, Priest-in-Charge of The Parish of Centenary Suburbs, offering the blessing.

As a vibrant and responsive learning community, St John’s is continually seeking opportunities to contribute to the growth and development of its students, College and the broader Forest Lake community.

The Sports Centre Redevelopment represents a significant milestone in this journey.

St John’s Principal Maria McIvor said that the design of the Sports Centre Redevelopment has kept student collaboration at the forefront and that she is keen to see the students making the most of the centre when it opens.

“We are continually striving to provide facilities that will stand the test of time and take our students into the future,” Mrs McIvor said.

“The design of this precinct has kept student collegiality and unity at the forefront.

“It is an exciting and vibrant environment to encourage excellence through participation and effort.

“It is our community spirit that grounds our students, gives them self-confidence, fosters tolerance, and prepares them to actively contribute to the society of the future.

“I look forward to watching our students develop their competencies and sporting prowess during their time in College and into the future taking advantage of all that the new facilities will offer.”

The new building, located at the secondary campus, will be constructed in and around the current sporting dome.

It has been architecturally designed to harmonise with the local natural environment, to complement existing structures and will feature colours and textures that enhance its natural surroundings.

St John’s Primary Sports Captain and Year 6 student Mayanna Foelz said that she is looking forward to developing her sport skills in the Sports Centre next year.

“I am really looking forward to transitioning to Middle School next year and having the opportunity to enjoy the new sports facilities,” Miss Foelz said.

The Sports Centre is more than just a building, it is a modern facility that will provide opportunities for the wider Forest Lake community and sporting organisations.

Chair of the St John’s Foundation Norm Jefferies said that support from St John’s families and the broader Centenary Suburbs community made the Sports Centre Redevelopment a reality.

“All of this is made possible by the generous St John’s community members and the wider business community who have and continue to support efforts to finance this spectacular Sports Centre,” Mr Jefferies said.

“Their commitment to raise funds to support this project through to fruition is outstanding.”

Recent fundraising efforts included the major prize of a brand-new Hyundai Accent Sport Hatch, which was recently drawn at the annual St John’s Foundation Community Dinner and was won by local community member Braidon Malloch.

2014 College graduate Lachlan Nuttall, who has also supported the redevelopment project, said that he is nostalgic about his own sport participation at St John’s and that he looks forward to the opportunities the new centre will give to current and future students.

“During my time at St John’s I was involved in the basketball program and so I can’t wait for students to train in this high-class facility”.

The facility is due to reopen during Term 1 2020.

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