Our shared campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School students was opened with a smoking ceremony with Wurundjeri elders – Aunty Di Kerr and Aunty Gail Smith on Wednesday 16th February. The students gathered respectfully and it was great to see so many stay behind and ask questions of Aunty Di and Aunty Gail following the ceremony.
We toured our invited dignitaries around the campus which included the Premier – Hon. Daniel Andrews, the Education Minister and Deputy Premier – Hon James Merlino, the Minister for Planning and Housing – Hon. Richard Wynne and Ms Sheena Watt, MP and Member for Northern Metropolitan. It was fantastic to see the students’ pride in the campus, their music performances, use of the art, sport and study spaces.
Thank you to Mel Singleton, leading teacher for Positive Climate at the campus for gathering our student leaders to prepare the campus and to perform the duties required for the occasion. It’s exciting to see so many of the students interested in being part of leadership opportunities at the campus.
It was a wonderful occasion and fabulous opportunity to acknowledge so much of the hard work and dedication that has occurred over many years to build a state of the art campus for our senior students. To have all parties and people in the same room from our School Council Presidents- Geoff Rundell and Ralph Saubern; Sam Luck and Linda Mitchell, our two school principals, members of the Department of Education including Pauline Rice, our Senior Education Improvement Leader; members of the school building authority, the architects from GHD Woodhead and Grimshaw, the project managers, SEMZ, the builders of Besix Watpac and of course our staff and students.
The collaboration between the two schools has existed for well over a decade and I think it’s fitting that such a strong collaboration between all of the above parties has led to such an incredible building for our students. The opportunities that we have before us are exciting and we are enjoying these first few weeks getting to know the campus. We look forward to welcoming parents, guardians and carers to the campus in Week 7 and 8 of Term 1. Please keep an eye on the news feed for the opportunity to come and tour the
Thanks for all the support.
Wurun Senior Campus