Learning Spaces: Mentone Girls’ Grammar well-being precinct

Mentone Girls' Grammar's new Well-being Precinct. Photo: Supplied.

Mentone Girls' Grammar's new Well-being Precinct. Photo: Supplied.

A new well-being precinct under development at Mentone Girls’ Grammar is transforming a third of the beachside, independent school’s campus.

Construction has started on the precinct’s second phase, a two-pool aquatic centre and outdoor multisport surfaces, with completion expected in the final term of next year.

The well-being precinct already includes an improved school gym, fitness gym, mind-body studio, and health centre and psychology service.

The new aquatic centre replaces an existing outdoor 25-metre four-lane pool with an up-to-the minute indoor facility, giving students the advantage of year-round, all-weather access to swimming, diving, triathlon and water polo training and competition. It includes a 25-metre eight-lane pool, an early years’ pool, tiered spectator seating, a multipurpose room and showers and change rooms with increased privacy. Both pools will be solar heated and have wheelchair platforms.

Three basketball-netball courts and all-weather surfaces for hockey, soccer and tennis will be developed outside.

Principal Fran Reddan says the new facilities will give the school far greater flexibility for scheduling activities. She says the facilities are designed to suit girls and young women and programs will focus on promoting the development of positive lifelong habits in students.

“We place a great emphasis on physical education and sport as key aspects of our overall well-being priority,” Fran says. “Being able to use a pool year-round is a great advantage and an eight-lane pool rather than a four-lane pool means more swimming than queuing.”

However, Fran says the school’s emphasis is on what the infrastructure allows students to do.

“Students will be able to swim and train year round in a way that works for girls. We believe girls deserve better facilities that suit them. For instance we have ensured the new centre’s showers and change rooms have higher levels of privacy because this is important to girls,” she says.

“Our job is to make our students feel confident enough to take risks in their learning and to challenge conventions, and to help them become capable young women.”

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

Realising well-being

Principal Fran Reddan says the Mentone Girls’ Grammar campus is planned to embrace the notion of mind, body and spirit, with the new well-being precinct designed to realise the school’s vision of making well-being services and practices highly visible to students.

“Our first priority is student well-being and we are focused on putting the right people, programs and infrastructure in place to give girls what they need to learn and live well and succeed.”

Mentone Girls’ Grammar \ 11 Mentone Parade, Mentone ● 9581 1200 ● mentonegirls.vic.edu.au

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