20 January 2021|Community News, Feature| Off Comments off on GROWING AND CONNECTING WITH OUR ENVIRONMENT|

AS Dominic College heads into 2021, phase one of a significant building development has been recently completed and is ready to welcome students for the new academic year.

The college’s kindergarten – year two precinct project provides new, vibrant, and contemporary learning spaces to cater for the increasing enrolment demand at the college.

Dominic is set on a picturesque, 28-hectare Glenorchy campus and currently caters for students with diverse interests and passions from kindergarten to year 10.

The college has a reputation for providing high-quality education in the northern suburbs of Hobart since it was established in 1946.

Demand for places at the college continues to grow.

“As Dominic College develops new, as well as proven ways of effective teaching, we need to ensure our indoor and outdoor spaces provide the best means to facilitate authentic 21st century learning,” Dominic principal Beth Gilligan.

“Although we continue to grow in student numbers, we are committed to maintaining smaller class sizes and providing quality spaces as well as quality teachers who know how to configure our spaces to maximize student growth and achievement.”

Upon completion of all stages of the K-2 precinct, the development will provide 12 additional state-of-the-art primary classrooms, as well as landscaped play zones, and include many innovative features.

The slippery dips, attached to each classroom, will transport students from inside their classrooms to the creative recreational spaces.

These are a unique design feature by the college’s architect, Elvio Brianese of Liminal.

“Elvio Brianese is an Old Scholar of Dominic, and one of the many design features of our shared vision with Elvio are the slippery dips that will be a contemporary expression of our Salesian tradition where the playground and classroom intersect and become an exciting construct of what this looks like in the 21st century,” Ms Gilligan said.

The outdoor learning infrastructure of the new precinct opens from the interior of the classrooms through walled glass doors and includes large, covered spaces attached to the classrooms with outdoor seating and extensive soft-fall areas for play.

Additional outdoor play spaces will also be incorporated into the new precinct.

These will include a new climbing structure, a riverbed with a water pump, and plenty of natural landscaping that encourage exploration and nature play.

The Dominic kindergarten team will continue in 2021 to conduct its Bush Kinder program which capitalises on the many natural resources of the college, including a much-loved creek that runs through the property and is the focus of an on-going student conservation project.

The college’s Early Years teachers collectively take advantage of the bushlands of the college to further enrich the curriculum.

“The grounds at Dominic College are amazing and students can connect with, observe and explore the natural world with ease and without having to travel off-site,” Ms Gilligan said.

Six of the college’s spacious classrooms will be completed before the start of the 2021 school year, ready for the return of students.

The remaining six classrooms will be completed before the start of the 2022 school year with the new Before and After School Care Centre planned to be completed in 2023.

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