A spirit of learning

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16 November 2022

The community at Avila College, Mount Waverley, have celebrated the opening of their new senior learning centre, Ballygriffin.

Joined by local state representative, Matt Fregon MP, and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) Director of Learning and Regional Services, Dr Mary Oski, the community honoured their rich Presentation heritage in a new space that encourages the best opportunities for students at the college.

‘The young people who learn and work in here have done a wonderful job of making it their own’, said Principal Michelle Cotter. ‘What we wanted was a space for expert teachers and their students to surround themselves with a spirit of learning. Ballygriffin is designed with the future in mind: a world of study and work; a place where experts talk to each other, and expertise is grown through conversation and collaboration.’

Ballygriffin, named after the birthplace of the Venerable Nano Nagle, honours a woman who changed education and opportunity for girls and women in Ireland. Holy Family Parish Priest, Fr Justel Callos, and Presentation sister, Sr Maria Lazzaro PBVM, blessed Celtic crosses that were processed into each of the learning spaces by current students at the school.

Ballygriffin was designed by Law Architects and built by Magellan Projects. Construction of the centre was made possible with a $2 million contribution from the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.