One of the major focusses for Lourdes Hill College during 2016 was the development of our new and exciting LHC Senior School, with implementation in three phases over 2015 - 2017.
The planning for the Senior School has been based on comprehensive research which provides strong evidence to schools regarding the key features of effective schools for contemporary senior students. Research highlights the potential benefits to the enhancement of senior learning outcomes of a learning environment in alignment to the lifestyle and ways-of-thinking of contemporary adolescents approaching the secondary-tertiary and school-work interface.
Phase 1 in 2015 saw the construction of the café-style ‘Senior Hub’ at the centre of the Senior School, a place where students can ‘hang out’ for study and meet with friends. It is grounded in the philosophy that senior students frequently oscillate between learning and socialising, and that an environment that is designed explicitly to encourage both types of activity will result in increased levels of engagement at school. Students may start socialising with peers but then transition into discussing learning matters.
Phase 2 in 2016 saw the construction and opening of the ‘Upper Hub’ as the vision-nurturing heart of the senior school precinct. The vision-nurturing theme is brought to life by three identifiable and highly promoted components of the Upper Hub:
- Careers Pathway Centre
- Student Academic Mentoring and Tutorial Centre
- Mini-Conference Centre for regular, scheduled visits by outside presenters of post-school opportunities and for student leadership meetings
This project has the potential to be one of the most significant contributions to senior schooling in the history of the College, with Phase 3 in 2017 being the construction of the Senior School Mall in the large open space at the old tuckshop site and adjacent to the Senior Hub. Continue to watch this space!