After significant collaboration, 2015 saw the introduction of the new vertically streamed House system in the senior school. Given the large numbers of students, the creation of an additional two Houses, Hutchinson and Heavey (named after Augustinian bishops) was required. Students will remain in the same House and Tutor Group for the three years of their senior schooling, developing strong connections and relationships with their fellow tutees, their tutor and their House Formation Leader. This new system has been well received by both students and staff and we anticipate greater House involvement and activity in years to come.
The College's Strategic Plan 2010-201S ensured that the teaching environment for our boys has been responsive to the needs of the 21st century. An integral component of this strategic plan is the master plan which provides for a planned development up to 2020 as adopted in the Towards a Brighter Future 2025 Project.
Throughout 2015, the college has undergone a collaborative, consultative and data-informed review process. lts purpose was to review current performance, plan for improvement and our accountability for current outcomes. This will provide the structure for the development of our new mission statement and strategic plan to be launched to our community at the commencement of 2016.
The master plan incorporates the maintenance and development of flexible and adaptable teaching spaces and innovative technologies to facilitate the provision of quality teaching and learning. Building developments will provide specialist facilities which will clearly benefit the students. Our current students are enjoying and benefiting from facilities provided over previous decades and particularly those made possible through the assistance of the Capital Appeal funds from 1999 to 2006.
To facilitate the next step in the College's development and implementation of the master plan, the 2013/2015 Capital Appeal was launched. This appeal raised funds to assist in the construction of stage 2 of the master plan. Many parents across the college have pledged and contributed to help provide for our current and future students. This support is highly valued and integral to the successful and ongoing development of the facilities at our College.
The Clancy Project commenced during the 20l4 Christmas break with the demolition of the canteen, the bottom level of the Mendel Wing and Good Counsel Building. Once the new foundations were laid, the building quickly progressed and is now well underway and on schedule for completion early next year. ln Term 2, we opened the 'Hippodrome', our new state-of-the-art canteen. Adjacent to the canteen is the new Uniform Shop, with both areas operating a cashless payment facility. Whilst there has been many changes and interruptions throughout the year, we thank the community for their patience and support and look forward to welcoming you to the unveiling.
Once again, the college attained many sporting achievements throughout the year. Our rowing teams achieved outstanding results at the Australian National championships, with one gold medal, one silver medal and a sixth place in an A-final. We received remarkable results at the Australian Age swimming championships, with six gold, four silver and one bronze medal. The 16/1 Football (soccer) team were grand finalists in the NSW state cup competition, while numerous teams competed in grand finals in the local competition. Our '1st XV Rugby team has retained the waratah shield for the seventh time, displaying an outstanding effort from all the students and staff involved.
Next year marks the college's 60th Anniversary which will be celebrated with a special Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on 25 February 2016. We will be welcoming the Most Rev Bishop Comensoli (Bishop of Broken Bay) and other distinguished guests, as well as members of our community to the celebration. This special occasion will also mark the unveiling and blessing of our new facilities.
Photo at top left: Year 5K students watching the Clancy Building project in its final stages.