Over the past five years, Immanuel Lutheran College has embarked on an ambitious building program which has seen in excess of $15 million in capital infrastructure upgrades. These new facilities, which benefit all students, include the construction of a new Environmental Centre, a learn to swim pool and new Years’ 1-2 classrooms. And in late August, a new Year 3 building, comprising three learning areas and outdoor covered spaces, is the latest building to appear on Immanuel's picturesque, 23-hectare campus.
A decision was made by Immanuel's College Council to invest significantly in new facilities, especially in the Primary School. From 2017 until 2022, the
entire primary campus will have a completely new look and feel consistent with
the needs of 21st century learners. In 2020, a new playground will be built which has been developed by students and staff - a real collaborative effort.
“We opened a custom-designed building for Years 1 and 2 students at the end of 2017 worth $3.6 million,” said Principal Colin Minke.
“It offered flexible learning areas, both inside and out, and opportunities for classes to collaborate in joint learning ventures.
“At the start of the 2018 academic year, a completely refurbished building was opened for our three Year 4 classes and feedback from students, parents and staff has been extremely positive,” he said.
“We’re committed to continual improvement from Prep to Year
12. We spent $350,000 remodelling our Year 7 space to
make it more accommodating for our large intake of Year 7 students each year, and the $200,000 spent on our new learn to swim pool benefits our youngest learners with Prep and Immanuel ELC children receiving free swimming lessons as part of their enrolment at the College.
"Over the 2019/2020 Christmas break, a new outdoor learning deck was added to the Year 7 precinct - another significant upgrade to an already fantastic space which overlooks Immanuel's rainforest.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Immanuel and while the external environment is changing, so too are internal practices, as teachers become more adept at using technology to complement their teaching and management of pastoral care issues.
“But whatever changes take place, the core of our College remains the same – strength in community, relationships and academic achievement,” said Mr Minke.