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    LIBRARY WITH A VIEW: Galen College head of junior school Wendy Chuck and principal Bernard Neal in the school’s new resource centre overlooking its sports oval, part of a newly completed $5.5 million stage in the school’s master plan. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

    STUDENTS walking through the gates at Galen Catholic College today will be welcomed by the sight of $5.5 million in building works, ready for their use.

    Galen’s 413 year seven and eight students will be the first to utilise the recently completed junior school, developed in the former senior area on Phillipson Street, while a new resource centre, wellbeing area and chapel will benefit the school’s entire population.

    “It’s not just the new rooms, but the reconfiguration of landscaping, and we are expecting lots of ‘wows’ from staff and students when they return, with so many new facilities,” Galen principal Bernard Neal said.

    Head of junior school Wendy Chuck said the new junior area followed the model of flexible learning, with breakout spaces, tiered seating, and rooms that could be rearranged to suit class needs.

    “Once upon a time, classrooms were a box, and every box looked the same; now classrooms are made to fit the work you are going to do,” she said.

    This post is part of the thread: Back to school 2018 – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

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