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An official opening and blessing of new age learning facilities on Saint Stephen’s Day

The Saint Stephen’s College new multi-million dollar Science-in-Action, Team Projects, Learning Enhancement and Arts and Applied Technology precinct was officially opened and blessed on Saint Stephen’s Day - Friday 19 September 2014.

Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment and Member for Surfers Paradise the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, and the Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen opened the state-of-the-art facilities, with a plaque unveiling.

College Chaplain, Father Andrew Kinmont, conducted a blessing ceremony, which was followed by an extensive tour of the facilities that are setting learning standards in Australia.

Headmaster Jamie Dorrington says the high-tech precinct is among the best in the country and is designed to promote the ‘personalisation of learning, collaboration and communication’.

“The physical changes at the school are coordinated with changes in the way teachers and other staff facilitate learning. This includes the use of analytics, the purposeful employment of laptops and the development of a rich Learning Management System,” said Mr Dorrington.

“There is no doubt we have amongst the best educational facilities in the country and I believe we are continuing to set new standards for student engagement, collaboration and personalisation of learning.

“In less than 20 years the College grounds, facilities and technology have undergone major developments that rival any school and most universities. More importantly the people who occupy these impressive spaces have remained our most valuable assets.”

Mr Dorrington said the new facilities encouraged students to reach personal bests and were jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and the College.

Saint Stephen’s Day marks the anniversary of the College commencement in 1996 and includes the prestigious Sedes Honoris, awarded to a senior and junior student who epitomises the spirit of the College academic, sporting and cultural pursuits.

Other highlights of the day-long celebration and inter-House competitions included the popular Dash for Wings, Tug-o-war, and Battle of the Bands.

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