In 2015, the current 10 year MLC Masterplan was completed and approved, setting a clear vision of the future for the Kew campus and the benefits for educating future generations of MLC students.
As a key element of the research behind and the preparation of the masterplan, a thorough analysis of the Kew campus was undertaken. This included reviewing student and staff movements across the campus, pedestrian traffic generally, designated areas and spaces for year levels, existing building locations and heritage overlays.
The Masterplan was prepared with consultation of many members of senior staff and key stakeholders including students, parents and staff.
Year 7-8 Nicholas Learning Centre
The first stage of the 2020 Masterplan was the construction of the new Nicholas Learning Centre
for Junior Secondary School (Year 7 and 8), built where a wing of the original Nicholas Building once stood.
Planning commenced in late 2015. Architects and builders were selected, and building commenced in late 2017. We were delighted to open the Nicholas Learning Centre in mid-2019. This has been the most significant building project for the College in recent years and unlocks the potential for a series of interconnected facilities, cementing MLC’s position as an innovator in education.
Learning Centre highlights:
- 24 configurable learning spaces for Year 7 and 8 homegroups
- Indoor and outdoor learning spaces including a rooftop garden
- One single ‘home’ for Junior Secondary School students and staff, enhancing the transition into secondary school and connecting the JSS learning community
Principal's Terrace Garden
Alongside the development of the NLC, the Principal’s Terrace Garden in the centre of the Kew campus, was also re-landscaped. The Terrace is aptly named as the garden borders the offices of the Principal, Senior Vice Principal and Vice Principal. The previous garden’s paved design was used primarily as a thoroughfare, however its redevelopment has now transformed it into a much more open space suitable for recreation use during lunchtimes and recess by all secondary students, as well as the ability for classes to utilise the space for learning.
With extensive lawn space and bench seating, there is also an amphitheatre and improved disabled access. Many have referred to this new green space it as the heart of the College.
The development of the new Learning Centre also provided an opportunity to resurface the oval outside the Physical Education Centre for the benefit of all students from Junior School through to Senior School. The Oval has markings for many sports including athletics, hockey, netball, tennis as a multi-purposed sporting ground.
The overall aim of the Masterplan is to ensure we are best able to support our students’ learning across the college. Providing state of the art 21st Century learning spaces, enhancing student transitions, shared learning experiences and cohesive year level communities.
Dr Wood Learning Centre
The next stages of the Masterplan include the redevelopment of the Wood Building for opening in Term 1, 2021. This is all part of the overall re-visioning of Year 9 at MLC. Year 9 provides a unique experience at MLC. In addition to spending 8 weeks at MLC’s remote campus MLC Marshmead
, and developing an improved and more sustainable sense of self, community and environment, students have the opportunity to explore new subjects, and co-curricular opportunities, to help them discover what they are really passionate about.
This redeveloped building will be created to provide a Kew ‘home’ or ‘base’ for all our Year 9 students. It will support the changes to the students’ curriculum program which will further to enhance the learning links between Kew and Marshmead.
Amphitheatre and Landscape
The development of the Dr Wood Learning Centre (WLC) also provided an opportunity to redevelop the previous amphitheatre, located on the eastern side of the WLC. This has included extensive decking, covered outdoor seating areas and vegetables beds to be used by the students themselves. It has proven to be an extremely popular new recreational space with students and staff alike.
There has been additional landscaping on the western side of the WLC, adjacent to the Star Plaza. This has also provided more space for recreational outdoor seating and improved pedestrian pathways.