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As a vibrant Catholic learning community, we will develop engaged, purposeful and successful learners who shape the world for the common good.

New learning paradigms necessitates that the entire school be a learning environment rather than a set of rectangular enclaves with a specified number of seats for focused and approved activities. Governments are now promoting new pedagogical practices and require facilities that will enable the new collaborative and experience-based learning approaches to occur.

21st century learning spaces must be agile, able to be easily reconfigured to engage different kinds of learners and teachers, and able to accommodate individual, small group and large group activities.

(Future Proofing Schools, Melbourne University, 2010–2012)

In the case of new schools this process sits within a broader school planning process that spans a three year period. The first phase is community planning. The following years focus on design and documentation and the construction of the school. The outcome of the first year will be an ‘educational brief’ that guides the development of the new learning environment/community over the following two years. This process continues over the whole period, concluding with the opening of the school.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) works with school communities in the design and development of learning spaces with a particular emphasis on:

  • facility and Infrastructure Master Planning that links educational vision with sustainable and contemporary learning spaces
  • suitable maintenance plans that address all planned and non-planned maintenance and upgrade needs
  • forward planning of major capital works programs in schools across the Archdiocese.
Since 2018, the following Catholic schools have opened in the Archdiocese of Melbourne: The following schools are currently in initial planning phases and are scheduled to open in 2025 and 2026:
  • Carlo Acutis Primary School, Wollert West (2025)
  • Mickleham campus of Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes (2026)
  • Three Catholic primary schools located in Mount Atkinson (City of Melton), Mount Duneed (City of Greater Geelong / Surf Coast Shire) and Thornhill Park (City of Melton) (2026).
St John the Apostle, Tarneit West

Oscar Romero, Craigieburn West