Our 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:
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.