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The 2017 Campaign is a little different to previous campaigns in that we are seeking your assistance to complete projects or student support campaigns that were initiated last year. The first of these is the refurbishment of learning spaces in the Year 9 Heinz Centre.

Your support in 2016 enabled the School to build three new classrooms to support growing enrolments at Year 9 level and it has become quickly apparent that the remaining classrooms must be brought to a similar standard.

To this end works have been completed on the three south side rooms and are now focussed on the north-facing classrooms, which will also incorporate a new Science and Agriculture/Horticulture laboratory. Included in the refurbishment is an upgrade to the staff room to accommodate three additional staff, the installation of the most modern audio-visual equipment and state-of-the-art controlled lighting.

A new Heinz Centre entry boardwalk will be constructed from Gate D in Forest Street and this will be complimented by extensive landscaping.

Year 9 Level Coordinator Adele Ryan said,” The learning spaces in the Heinz Centre have undergone a transformation that exemplifies best practice in 21st century adolescent learning. Both students and teachers are benefiting from the flexible learning environment provided through the openness of the glass-walled classrooms, flexible furniture and break-out spaces. The natural light and bright furnishings have helped to create a feeling of connection and distinctiveness in this unique space.

The flexible learning environment promotes best practice for 21st century adolescent education which research tells us needs to be: engaging, personalised, interactive, flexible, relevant and supportive. These features are well supported in a learnscape that provides opportunities for collaborative group work, creative expression and a sense of belonging for both our students and our teachers”.

The Second element of the campaign seeks your support to ensure that the Kurt Hahn Bursary, initiated last year by retired Headmaster Mr Stephen Higgs and Mrs Higgs, will be funded in perpetuity.

The School was much heartened by the level of support to this Bursary in 2016 with contributions ensuring the bursary for a generation. However there is genuine belief that similar support will enshrine the Kurt Hahn Bursary in perpetuity.

This wonderful outcome will ensure Hahn, described by Mr Higgs as “The inspiration behind Round Square and a beacon of international and intercultural understanding”, a continuing place in the life of Ballarat Grammar whilst at the same time encouraging the diversity of student life which Headmaster, Mr Heath often speaks of as one of the fundamental strengths of our education offering to students and their families.

“To see the interaction between students from different cultures and backgrounds, be it in the classroom, on the playing field or in other areas around our School is both heartening and humbling,” he said.

“To then witness how students relate these experiences to their classwork and hear teachers talk of the behaviours that these students exhibit is extraordinarily uplifting; it validates all that we are doing in this very important area”.

Ballarat Grammar Foundation is delighted to publicly acknowledge all donors, but respects requests for anonymity.

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Director of Development
Mr Travis Polkinghorne