Masterplan

‚ÄčOur  college is situated on a 19-hectare site and will be built in several stages, to keep pace with growing enrolments.  All building stages will feature flexible, inter-connected spaces for either small or large groups, or one-on-one learning, plus large, modern sporting facilities.

In 2021, we will open with Stage 1 and up to 90 Year 7 students.

Stage 1 of our Master Plan includes:

  • Administration building, incorporating student and visitor reception areas and temporary Resource Centre
  • 10 General Learning Areas 
  • Specialist Learning Areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM), Language (Japanese), Music and Industrial Design
  • Market Place (cafe and retail shop)
  • Full-size, covered Sports Court
  • Extensive car parking and pick up/drop off zones

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The  master  plan  optimises  the  use  of  land  with  respect  to  State  Government  and  local  industry  priorities  in relation  to  water  storage  infrastructure  and  associated  catchments,  industries  and  the employability  skills  required  both  locally  and  as  determined  in  SEQ  Regional  Plan.  

The  overall site  is master-planned  as an  integrated,  closed-loop  ecology  consistent  with  designated  State Government  priority  land  use.  Just  as  space  is  afforded  specialist  facilities  for  art  and  design,  for  example,  technology,  the sciences  and  vocational  educational  training  can  be  enhanced  through  the  provision  of  an  eco-sciences precinct.   

This  integration  of  internal-external,  in-classroom,  in-field,  on-site  learning  through  the  site  models allows Sophia College to live the  imperatives  of  an  integral  ecology  as  outlined  in  the Papal  encyclical  Laudato  Si'.   In  embedding  and  embodying  an  appreciation  of  practices  consistent,  wherever  possible,  with  Pope  Francis' call  in  Laudato  Si'  for  an  integral  ecology,  the  master  plan  has been  developed  demonstrating  sensitive  use  of  land, careful  design  of  buildings,  and  provides  opportunities  for  an  overt  Franciscan  charism  to  support  the embedding  of  an  appreciation  of  creation  and  its  sustainability. Planning  has given  due  consideration  to  the  use  of  on-site  energy  production  and  consumption,  water  harvesting and  use,  waste  disposal  or  conversion  and  integrated  native  biodiversity  conservation  connections. 

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