MORIAH College has embarked on a master planning process with the NSW government to address the school’s educational needs for the next decade.
The master plan includes the creation of new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) facilities and an Independent Learning Centre (ILC) for high school students, as well as expanded open and green spaces to allow for greater social interaction and enhanced collaborative learning.
The master plan also includes potential upgrades to the Early Learning Centre (ELC) based on an increased demand for places.
Moriah president Stephen Jankelowitz remarked, “For teaching to be relevant and meaningful, our educators need to be visionary, imaginative and adaptable with teaching and learning spaces to match.
“Our Queens Park campus requires an upgrade that aligns with our effective teaching methods and provides the modern, flexible and technology-rich spaces to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.”
Currently, Moriah can accommodate up to 1680 students from the ELC through to high school. The application will seek a 20 per cent increase in numbers to satisfy demand over the coming decades.
The proposed design of innovative learning environments will enable Moriah to grow sustainably and ensure that future teaching and learning needs are met.
“Rapid advances in technology, together with increased connectivity, means that our students are learning new things in new ways,” said Jankelowitz.
Another important priority of the master plan is to address the traffic circulation around Moriah, and to redirect vehicle access away from nearby residential areas on Queens Park Road.
Moriah has engaged architectural firm FJMT to prepare the master plan and detailed designs for the initial stages.
A State Significant Development Application (SSDA) will be lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in the coming months.
The school and its consultant team will begin working with its nearby neighbours, stakeholders and community over the coming months.