New Music Centre and Extra Boarding Facilities Planned for PLC

After an extensive consultation process with parents, staff and students, the School’s leadership team and the School Council have been working hard revising PLC’s Master Plan to guide development at the School for the next two decades.

The document aims to steer future development on the campus while allowing for changes in the requirements of the School as we move forward.

It does not lock PLC in to future works, however, it does provide some assurance as we undertake developments that there is a long-term view to how current capital projects may impact PLC in the future.

In June 2018 the PLC School Council announced the next stage of the Master Plan would be a contemporary new Music Centre,  facilities for an additional 22 boarders and a refurbished play space for Junior School students.

Contemporary Music Centre

The new Music Centre will be located on the eastern side of View Street and provide a modern and purpose-built Music Department will feature lesson facilities and an intimate concert space.

Each week PLC delivers 649 instrumental music lessons to 171 Junior School students and 478 Senior School students.

The Senior School runs 25 ensembles for 401 girls and the Junior School has eight ensembles involving 202 students.

Currently the Music Department is located in Finlayson House, which has undergone a number of refurbishments over the years to accommodate our music students.

While this building has served us faithfully for many years, we are delighted to be developing a contemporary, purpose-built Music Centre.

Return to ‘Finney House’

At the same time, the PLC Boarding House is in the enviable position of being filled to capacity, with a growing wait-list of families.

All 137 beds in the facility are occupied and thanks to the fantastic girls and families who choose PLC, our excellent staff and our high calibre boarding programme, the demand for extra places is extremely strong.

To accommodate additional boarders, the School Council has approved refurbishment works to Finlayson House to accommodate another 22 boarding students from next year. These works begin the upgrade of Finlayson House as the School works to restore it to its former glory.

Finlayson House, or ‘Finney House’ has it was affectionately known, originally housed PLC boarders from 1923 – 1979.  Its upgrade will provide a home for Year 7 boarders, which will be a lovely start for the girls’ PLC journey.

Finlayson House refurbishment works will begin in Term 3, 2018 and the current music facilities will be housed in a temporary music village on the courts adjacent to the Junior School.

It is expected the Year 7 Finlayson House boarding facilities will be ready for the start of school in 2019 and the Music Centre in 2020.

Extra Sport Facilities and Junior School Play Space

Additional astroturf sport facilities have recently been added to our campus alongside the PLC Lighthouse, almost doubling our oval space.

It has also been decided that this first stage of development will include a significant investment into upgrading play space within the Junior School.

As we move into the next phase of the School’s life, the Master Plan provides us with a solid framework around which we can make decisions about major capital works projects.

Other considerations in the plan are an early learning centre, the upgrade of classrooms in the Senior School View Street building, a Science and Innovation Centre, improved playground space in the Junior School, a new boarding house, a 50 metre swimming pool and double court indoor sport facility and a performing arts centre for large audiences.

The Master Plan complements the enormous investment PLC makes in programmes and activities across the curriculum in the Junior and School schools, including outstanding professional development for staff.

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