St Andrew’s Grammar School in Dianella (WA) has joined Perth’s elite schools in creating a multi-million dollar modern sporting complex. In March 2015, the City of Stirling approved a $2 million gymnasium facility.
The complex will be built next to an AFL size sports oval and the new Andrew and Maria Petrelis Amphitheatre.
The Gymnasium caters for a range of sports including:
Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Badminton and Indoor Soccer. A full size classroom for Physical Education theory and change rooms are also part of this exceptional project.
The Hellenic Community of Western Australia President Gary Mitchell welcomes this new facility: ‘I am utterly delighted with the positive growth and directions at St Andrew’s Grammar.
Enormous thanks must go to the Berbatis Family together with the members of the Hellenic Community, who have completely embraced the School and have afforded the opportunity to progress the School’s facilities with the construction of the new sports facility.
The Gymnasium has also been designed to cater for Assemblies and Theatre Performances and further expansion of the complex will occur in the future. St Andrew’s Grammar Board Chair Marcelle Anderson has expressed the significance of the Gymnasium project for the School:
“The Hellenic mantra of a heathy mind in a healthy body has been borne out by modern research which shows that physical activity improves learning ability. The Sports Facility will provide for the sporting, health and fitness needs of our students as well as accommodating school events such as assemblies, prize nights and fundraising activities. The School Board and community thank the Berbatis family for its very generous donation which has moved the Sports Facility from concept to reality.”
Designed by T&Z Architects as part of their long lasting relationship with the School, the Gymnasium is another extensive educational work that T&Z has carried out in both the public and private sectors. Project architect Jeremy Feldhusen identified the importance of the project in relation to surrounding facilities: “While primarily a sports hall the building is a multipurpose facility forming an integral ‘piece of the puzzle’ to the eastern edge of the campus”.
Metrowest Constructions Pty Ltd is the successful tenderer of the project. The Gymnasium has a world class synthetic sports floor that provides a durable surface with excellent shock absorption. Metrowest General Manager Mark Lewington is pleased to ‘build on its strong record of delivering educational facilities’ in Western Australia.
The students of St Andrew’s Grammar look forward to the Gymnasium with excitement and anticipation.
The Gymnasium will provide a great opportunity to further enhance the School’s rapidly developing sport programme.
Source: The Greek-Australian Vema Newspaper, May 2015