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NSW Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP opens PLC Sydney’s new Junior School Hamilton and Gateway Building

On Sunday 11 February, NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, will officially open PLC Sydney’s new Junior School in Croydon.

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📷 PLC Sydney's new building project, the Gateway Project, officially opens Sunday 11 February 2018.

The innovative Gateway Project incorporates the Hamilton precinct (new classrooms and large breakout spaces for Years 3 – 6); specialist Science and Technology Innovation Labs; Invertebrate House, Turtle Pond; food gardens; native (non-stinging) bee hotel, nature walkway and playground; as well as a new reception and administration centre for the Presbyterian Ladies’ College.

The Premier, who has been an outstanding advocate for both education and infrastructure development throughout NSW, will unveil the opening plaque and address the PLC Sydney community at the ceremony.

‘With more and more research highlighting the connection between school design, physical learning spaces and their positive influence on innovative teaching practices and student outcomes, we are delighted to have an advocate of excellent school design like the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, officially open the building,’ said Dr Paul Burgis, Principal at PLC Sydney. ‘When initially rethinking the new Junior School, PLC Sydney was very keen to read widely and plan carefully in order to develop a building with both intimacy and openness, one that demonstrates the positive impact of learning spaces on student learning. We don’t just follow trends at PLC Sydney. We want to lead in education.  As Laureate Professor of Education at the University of Newcastle, Dr Jenny Gore states, there are four areas that schools should focus on: high quality teachers, warm classroom climate, knowing each child and connection to the real world. Our new facilities and philosophy support this approach.’

Issues of environmental sustainability, the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance learning and the development of industry partnerships, were also ideas the College wished to explore.

PLC Sydney is in the process of establishing links with Taronga Zoo with a view to providing rehabilitation and breeding programs for vulnerable native species.

‘We are extremely pleased to be in consultation with experts from Taronga Zoo on such an exciting project’, said Dr Burgis. ‘Integrating Science and Technology and embedding these programs into meaningful, real world experiences for our Junior School students, has been a focus of our curriculum and specialist teachers for many years now. Part of the new development includes animal holding/breeding facilities for a selection of appropriate species, such as various praying mantises, the giant water spider, various grasshoppers and crickets, the Giant Rainforest Snail and the Long-Neck Turtle; with a view of inspiring our younger students with an interest in Science and wildlife conservation.’

PLC Sydney has recently been recognised by Cambridge University as one of the world's one hundred most innovative schools. Their teaching approach, learning programs and facilities such as the invertebrate house and turtle pond are part of the reason for this inclusion.

Celebrations on the day will commence with a procession through ‘The Strand’ in Croydon, led by PLC Sydney’s wonderful Pipes and Drums and followed by the Junior School students and parents, en route to the College’s Thompson Hall, where the opening ceremony will take place.

After the grand opening and tour of the new building, family, friends and staff will attend afternoon tea in the new Hamilton playground where guests will be entertained by the Wind Ensemble, another of PLC Sydney’s wonderful music performance groups.

The College also wished to recognise the generous support of the PLC Sydney Foundation, Parents and Friends’ Association, Junior School Auxiliary and Ex-Students’ Union, who made the development possible.

Further enquiries:

Lynne Emanuel, Director of Communications
PLC Sydney
Phone: (02) 9704 5742 | Email: lemaneul@plc.nsw.edu.au | Web: www.plc.nsw.edu.au