New Learning Centre Our College

We’re building an innovative new Learning Centre to enhance the St Rita’s education experience for all students. The new learning centre is a $40 million redevelopment project for the College and is the largest build to occur at St Rita's.


During its 90-year history, St Rita’s College has always shown the ability to adapt and evolve. Boys and boarders have come and gone. Ten principals have stood at the helm and many notable students have passed through the halls. What began as a seemingly impossible cause - the College is named after St Rita of Cascia, the Saint for Impossible Causes - has flourished into being one of the jewels of girls’ education in Brisbane.

Women of Action, Not Words will continue for many generations to come

St Rita’s is now ready to bolster the academic, arts and communal experience for its girls with the building of a new Learning Precinct that will resource learning, performance, examinations, speaker programs, student social interaction and College-wide functions and events.

The design of the new building will highlight the College’s proud heritage, employing the words NANO and RITA into an architectural style that reflects St Rita’s distinctive charm. It will be an important landmark in today’s modern and global educational landscape, bringing together under one roof many existing programs and giving greater efficiency to our well-rounded educational experience.


KEY ELEMENTS 

  • Auditorium/Multi-purpose space seating 400
  • 12 General Learning areas, each with 2 breakout areas and greater average classroom size
  • Flexible learning furniture advocated by the latest educational theories
  • Large General Assessment area ability on all levels
  • First school in Australia to use the new technology software Utelogy
  • Musical instruction classrooms
  • Drama/rehearsal classrooms
  • Foyer/Reception area
  • Gallery area
  • Box Office
  • Modern new Pantry
  • Outdoor Learning Areas
  • Outdoor Student Social Spaces across Stanley Mall, sacred Heart and Presentation Buildings
  • Renovated toilets in Sacred Heart and Presentation Buildings
  • Improved cross campus movement access
  • Security System implemented for safety of students and staff
  • Upgraded and integrated fire system across the entire campus

This exciting project will allow us to: 

Offer an exceptional Learning Centre that strengthens the education provided by St Rita’s and enhances the social experience amongst students, staff, families and alumnae
Create 12 new General Learning classrooms to serve all students
Integrate the College’s performing arts and film, television and new media classes into one facility that promotes collaboration of the arts under one roof
Present Music students with access to enviable music instruction and performance facilities

Offer an exceptional Learning Centre that strengthens the education provided by St Rita’s and enhances the social experience amongst students, staff, families and alumnae

The Learning Precinct represents a notable improvement and space increase on the multi-purpose Kennedy Building which has served St Rita’s since the 1930s and the Trinity Centre which opened in 1982. The building will provide exceptional learning spaces for a range of subjects, and be home for the performing arts and film, television and new media programs. The 400-seat auditorium, equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology, will offer our students a state-of-the-art venue for drama, musical theatre, ensemble, band and solo performance, as well as guest speakers and lectures, staff and student meetings. We expect the space to play host to many special events and projects. The large and small musical instruction rooms will be welcomed by our music individual teaching and ensemble staff. The Centre will boast a grand foyer as its entrance, honouring our Prix d’Honneur and College Dux students across the years and providing a generous gallery and function space where student art can be showcased in both permanent and temporary exhibits.

Create 12 new General Learning classrooms to serve all students

These new classrooms will provide high-quality learning spaces which cater for the needs of our interactive and technology-driven learning environment. With rooms that can be readily subdivided or united as instructional needs require, the flexible design of the classrooms will allow teaching staff to embrace contemporary pedagogies more effectively and facilitate better engaged learning experiences. The new Learning Centre will provide spaces that promote collaborative learning and support Faculties in moving beyond the traditional classroom experience.

Importantly, with the implementation of the Senior ATAR system, more and more pressure will be placed on the College for external examination space, which currently is accommodated in Eirene. Each level of the new classrooms will have the ability to convert into 200 seat spaces allowing St Rita’s students the comforts of modern surrounds and facilities for external examinations.

Integrate the College’s performing arts and film, television and new media classes into one facility that promotes collaboration of the arts under one roof

The new Centre will allow St Rita’s to develop its arts curriculum, enhance its signature programs and give students new opportunities to broaden their learning. As we set the stage for growth in a traditionally high-achieving discipline, the consolidation of the arts will free up classroom space for other learning disciplines.

Film, Television and New Media are our primary sources of information and entertainment and the rooms for learning will be equipped with a full surround sound movie cinema and green room with specialist lighting to enable the means for our FTV students to think, question, create and communicate by designing, producing and critiquing film, television (TV) and new media products in the latest formats and genres.

Present Music students with access to enviable music instruction and performance facilities

The new Centre will allow St Rita’s music students to take a professional Centre Stage and be an electric venue for individual and group instruction and performance. Double-story height band and strings rooms will bring outstanding acoustics. A general learning classroom and eleven soundproofed and digitally equipped instrumental practice and rehearsal rooms give our girls access to exceptional learning facilities. The inclusion of a mixing room for recording and playback of rehearsals, lessons and performances will provided the girls with new opportunities to realise their creative potential.

Construction Updates:

Construction Update: Bulletin 4, 2 August 2019
NOTIFICATION OF COLLEGE CLOSURE FOR MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2018
Construction Update: Bulletin 3, 16 November 2018
Construction Update: Bulletin 2, 20 September 2018
Construction Update: Bulletin 1, 30 May 2018

Construction Update: Bulletin 4, 2 August 2019

Construction Update: Bulletin 4, 2 August 2019 Architects: m3architecture Builder: Tomkins Expected completion:

November 2019 This Bulletin provides a construction update to local residents and the College community for the St Rita’s College New Learning Centre at August 2019.

Update of Works: 

• Structural works are now complete with internal finishes and external works in progress; 
• External painting is now well underway;
• Scaffolding is currently being removed and the facade works will commence;
• The project is on currently on track for a completion date of November 2019;
• The crane is due to be removed from site via the Enderley Road entrance to the College on Saturday 31 August.

The College and Tomkins have held discussions with neighbours and Council and are working with them to provide an acceptable solution to parking issues for the remainder of the construction period. St Rita’s and Tomkins thank you for your continued patience throughout this construction process.

NOTIFICATION OF COLLEGE CLOSURE FOR MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff

Please be advised that the College Campus will be closed to all staff, students, parents/guardians and visitors on Monday 3 December.

Please email any enquiries through to administration@stritas.qld.edu.au which will be monitored during the day.

The College will reopen on Tuesday 4 December.

Construction Update: Bulletin 3, 16 November 2018

This Bulletin provides a New Learning Centre construction update through to return to school in 2019.

New Learning Precinct

The bulk excavation is very close to completion. Works continue with footings, columns, lift pits and services in preparation for Ground slab pours.

Kennedy Building There will be no access to the upper level of Kennedy from 30 November 2018.

Works progress for the new Pantry with the floor framing nearing completion. Scaffolding along the western side of Kennedy will be dropped. Work on pavements and in-ground services between Eirene and Kennedy will also commence.

Chapel

Construction of new amenities in the Chapel will commence on 16 November 2018 and be completed for the return of school in 2019.

Environmental and Safety Measures

Dust – with areas of open excavations and some higher winds during the past month, Tomkins have increased the use of water sprinklers and ensured all soil movement trucks have covered loads as they leave the site. Hand held hoses and sprinklers are used on the open areas. The large dust foggers used in demolition phase cannot be used at this stage of the project as they cover a very large area. With many workers of different trades across the site, the moisture factor causes safety issues with power tools and workers.

Sediment and erosion control – the site’s temporary sediment basin and drains have been concreted and will be maintained throughout the construction activities

Regular inspections continue to be held with the Geotechnical engineer to ensure all excavated faces are safe for workers and surrounding building occupants.

There is road surface damage on Stafford Street caused from the heavy trucks turning in and out of site entrance. Brisbane City Council has been advised, as responsibility for repair comes under the Council’s jurisdiction.

Site Crane – no loads are being lifted over buildings. The crane base is fully engineer certified and sits on deep concrete piles.

All staff, students and visitors are requested to follow all WHS directives and site signage issued during the construction period.

Construction Update: Bulletin 2, 20 September 2018

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: BULLETIN 2, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 ARCHITECTS: M3ARCHITECTURE BUILDER: TOMKINS EXPECTED COMPLETION: DECEMBER 2019

This Bulletin provides an update on the construction process from Saturday 22 September 2018 through to the start of Term 4 on Tuesday 9 October 2018.

No access to Kennedy over Term Break Period

There is no access to Kennedy from Saturday 22 September through to Sunday 7 October inclusive.  If your staff room is located in Kennedy and you require any resources over the Term Break period, please ensure you take them with you when you depart the College on Friday 21 September.  Kennedy will be out of bounds for the Term Break period. There will be no exceptions made.

No access to Stanley Mall/Eirene over Term Break Period

There is no access along Stanley Mall to Eirene during the Term Break period. This is due to construction works for the new Pantry commencing.

No access to College Grounds – Saturday 22 September.

Access to the College Grounds is prohibited this Saturday 22 September due to the Crane Tower being erected. Residents on Enderley Road can expect a small disruption in access to Enderley Road during the early morning and residents have been advised of this.

Works taking place over the Term Break period

The noisy piling work for the construction has been completed. The removal of all rock and soil adjacent to Kennedy will happen during the Term Break. This involves digging down to the level of the newly created back driveway that runs along the Presentation building.

The construction of the new Pantry will also commence over the Term Break and will include works required in Stanley Mall. As such, there will be no access along Stanley Mall to Eirene during Term Break. A reduced access path will be in place once Term 4 commences.  Discussion with the builders has achieved periods of widened access for large school events and ceremonies being held in Eirene during Term 4, such as Graduation Mass.

All staff, students and visitors to the College are requested to follow all WHS directives that are issued during the entire construction period.

If you would like to know more, please contact the College Manager of Community Development, Mrs Anna Roberts on 3862 1615 or at aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au

Tomkins notification to Enderley Road residents

Click here for Tomkins notification to Enderley Road residents

Construction Update: Bulletin 1, 30 May 2018

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: BULLETIN 1, 30 MAY 2018 ARCHITECTS: M3ARCHITECTURE BUILDER: TOMKINS EXPECTED COMPLETION: DECEMBER 2019

Monday 28 May

• Student and Staff access to Trinity and Kennedy buildings ceases.

Wednesday 30 May

• Construction company Head Contractor and Site Supervisor commence duty at St Rita’s.

• Locating of underground services commences.

Friday 1 June

• Removalists on site to pack and transport Trinity and Kennedy equipment into storage.

• Final day of access to the College by students via Stafford Street or Hunter Lane. Student access permitted only from Enderley Road.

Monday 4 June

• Student and visitor access to the College only permitted from Enderley Road from this date forward.

• Construction fencing closes both ends of pathway that runs across the length of the College at the back of the property from Stafford Street to Hunter Lane.

Monday 11 June

• Site Possession takes effect. Installation of site fencing and scaffolding commences along with disengagement of services

to construction area.

• No Parking for staff in Stafford Street or Hunter Lane takes effect. Local resident traffic is not affected.

• Staff access to car parks in the Nagle Building and Eirene accessed from Stafford Street and Hunter Lane respectively, will be maintained during construction.

• A Traffic Warden will manage Stafford Street traffic during the construction period. The commencement date of this Warden will be advised.

Monday 25 June – Monday 16 July

• Demolition of Trinity Hall and Kennedy Wing commences.

• Estimated timing for the demolition is seven (7) weeks.

• Monday 25 June to Monday 16 July inclusive: Large demolition equipment will access the College from Enderley Road. No staff vehicle parking permitted at the front of the Campus – Tennis Court driveway and Stanley Hall front or side.

The College has engaged an agreement with the contractor that limits construction staff parking in Enderley Road and immediately surrounding streets during the build and that offsite parking and transport to and from the College is to be arranged by the contractor for construction staff. Whilst this will be difficult to enforce, the parking situation is to be actively monitored by the Head Contractor.

Tuesday 17 July

• Semester 2/Term 3 commences

• Access for staff to parking in front grounds of College recommences – Tennis Court driveway and Stanley Hall front and side.

• Contractor equipment ceases access from Enderley Road and access from Stafford Street only.

Environmental and Safety Measures

Construction fencing will be erected to protect students, staff, parents and visitors from the construction area. Scaffolding will be ‘shrink wrapped’ to retain dust. The use of ‘foggers’ – equipment to spray the entire demolition area with water mist to minimise dust – will further assist the reduction of dust. Windows on the Presentation Building will be covered with a temporary film. This film will allow light to pass through, but restrict vision into the classrooms.

If you would like to know more, please contact the College Manager of Community Development, Mrs Anna Roberts on 3862 1615 or at aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au