Blue Mountains Grammar School is excited and proud to announce the School’s plans to redevelop the Stratford Building into a purpose-built Student Centre. The construction will take place in the second half of 2021 and require the renovation, and possibly the extension of the building. The design is still in draft form and is anticipated to cost $800,000, the largest building project undertaken at our School since the Performing Arts Centre was opened in 2012. It will ensure that the School can continue to offer superb facilities to our students for generations to come.
As Stratford is in the middle of the Senior School campus and our students are at the heart and soul of our School, it is a natural location to create a student-focused facility. Our new Student Centre will serve as a warm and dry casual hub for students to use during study lessons, lesson breaks and meal breaks. It will include specialist study areas and breakout rooms. It will also house all Senior School student services including Student Reception and sick bay and spaces where students can meet with counsellors, pastoral staff and Learning Enrichment educators.
This project has been made possible by the philanthropy of Mr John Cunningham, a generous benefactor and Blue Mountains Grammar School alumnus. For this reason, the facility will be named the John Cunningham Student Centre. Whilst Mr Cunningham’s generosity has secured the construction of the building, we will rely on additional donations to ensure the building is all that we hope it will be. Fortunately, in 2020, Mr Cunningham pledged to match all donations to our Building Fund and any specifically for this project. With the pressures of COVID abating, in 2021, the School’s Foundation Committee plans to take advantage of Mr Cunningham’s generosity. On our School’s next Foundation Day, not only will we celebrate the School’s foundation and our long and rich history, but the Foundation Committee will host an exciting School community fundraising event. All funds raised will contribute to the fit-out, including internal fittings and plantings, tables and chairs, soft furnishings and technology.
Every current student, current or past members of staff, parents of current or past students and those who once attended this wonderful School knows how much we need a space dedicated to the heart and soul of our school, our students. Please support our Giving Day on 5th May 2021. This event will be livestreamed from the School and networked on all school social media platforms.
More information on construction plans will be made available as they are developed and more information on the Giving Day can be found here.