Trinity’s new state-of-the-art Field Studies Centre officially opened on Saturday 19 November with a celebration featuring performances by the School band and the Doonooch Aboriginal dance group. Attended by the School community, local residents and members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community, the ceremony was officiated by the Rt. Rev. Dr Michael Stead, Bishop of South Sydney.
Located at Woollamia in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, the Trinity Field Studies Centre is situated on 50 hectares, borders the Currambene Creek and features several wetland areas. The aim of the Field Studies Centre is to bring Sydney boys out of their urban environment to learn about the local area and their responsibilities as custodians of the unique environment. The programme on offer at the Centre further enhances the School’s ‘best practice’, holistic approach to boys’ education. This allows for integration of skills such as problem solving, organisation, teamwork, leadership and judgement, as well as academic and physical pursuits.
While the exterior environment was a key factor in deciding on the location, it was the academic focus and associated potential that the facility provides which was a key aim in its development. The Centre provides the opportunity for growth and innovation in various academic disciplines including Geography, Science, Visual Arts, History and Sport, with the potential for research partnerships and projects with leading education providers and businesses.
Architectural firm, The Building Studio, led by Design Architect, Gerard Outram, created the inspiring building design which features wood, rock, iron and glass. Sitting comfortably in the surrounding landscape, the buildings make excellent use of the beautiful natural vistas through large spans of glass windows and doors. Stephen Edwards Construction employed many local trades in the building of the Centre.
The state-of-the-art-Centre is designed to be discreet and sustainable – inspired by function and the surrounding landscape. The facility features two accommodation buildings catering for up to 88 students and eight staff, and a long house containing dining, teaching, administration and living spaces. All spaces at the Centre are multi-purpose in their design, providing great flexibility in terms of potential use. In addition, a pre-existing building provides additional storage facilities for specialist equipment.
Trinity’s marching band performed at the opening, but prior to official proceedings, took its music to the people of Huskisson with an impromptu performance on the lawn in front of unsuspecting diners at The Huskisson Hotel. The local Aboriginal community and Elders of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council are supportive of the development and are excited to share their local knowledge and culture. Elders performed a Welcome to Country, and a highlight was a performance by the local dance group where Head Master, Milton Cujes, other School community members and students were encouraged to join in.
The Field Studies Centre provides an ideal setting for Trinity boys to be nurtured and challenged. It enables boys to develop soft skills (emotional, social, psychological, communication, empathy, self-concept) and hard skills (technical, safety, environmental), encouraging growth in mind, body and spirit to foster the development of boys into men.
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