Like many Australian organisations, St Philip’s College has benefited enormously from the care, concern and kindness from many benefactors.
Recent Projects include:
Chris Tudor Centre
St Philip’s new Chris Tudor Centre (Science and Food Technology facility) has boosted the College’s teaching capacity in both of these important areas.
The ground floor, Front Foot Food Technology Centre, includes a state of the art practical teaching room – the extensive cooking facilities are a valuable adjunct to The Minnamurra Hall as well as the adjoining feedmenow training restaurant which can seat about 60 people.
The area also encompasses the Rivergum Café which prepares fresh food for its extensive menu also boasts a commercial expresso coffee machine. The Café prepares delicious fresh in-house meals catering for breakfast, recess and lunch, and is open until 4pm.
The science area is upstairs. Located here are staff offices, the prep room and The Lunar Men (prac) Room, which is equal to the best anywhere in Australia. The Women in Science Wall and Technology Walk story boards are located on the outside wall, protected by the wide Cover Drive Balcony. The boards provide students with ‘incidental learning’ opportunities while waiting to go into class or relaxing during breaks.
This new facility is equal to the best anywhere in Australia.
John Flynn Memorial Garden
In April 2012, (as part of the celebrations for the Australian Inland Mission’s 100 year anniversary), the College held the official opening of the John Flynn Memorial Garden. A group of over 100 people watched as Mr Fred Baird (nephew of John Flynn) and College Board Chairman, Dr Charles Butcher officially opened the John Flynn Memorial Garden – all part of the Fred McKay Museum.
The museum is the Keeping Place for the Spirit of the Outback, named after St Philip’s College founder and successor to Rev John Flynn, the Rev Dr Fred McKay. It’s a place for storytelling and sharing knowledge about Outback Australia – a source of written, aural and pictorial history which will enrich the experience of those visiting the Outback and wanting to learn more about it and the people who live here past and present. It’s also a teaching facility for young people interested in tourism, hospitality and museum studies. Where his old boss, the Rev John Flynn, is best known for founding the Royal Flying Doctor Service, thereby providing the Outback with a ‘Mantle of Safety’, Rev Dr Fred McKay continued and extended this work to provide a ‘Mantle of Caring’.
Student wellbeing has always been the focus of all good schools. In today’s challenging society it has emerged as a key focus for schools as the concept of wellbeing is paramount to an effective life.
The facility houses the Chaplain and College Counsellor as well as a number of rooms;
• The Wellbeing Room, used for discussion, reflection, stress management, story telling, meditation etc;
• A large room dedicated to other aspects of human heath - aerobics, Pilates, dance, yoga etc;
• The Indigenous Room which has displays celebrating Indigenous culture and where Indigenous students would feel a sense of priority and belonging whilst others using the room learn from displays.
• The Public Confidence Room where students learn in small simulated sets how to effectively deal with the general public. Today many students undertake retail jobs or reception tasks - some are part time others take these on as full time jobs.
The Wellbeing Centre is linked to other ‘wellbeing’ areas at St Philip’s, the Swag Chapel and the Fred and Meg McKay Peace Garden, by way of the Silent Walk.
Turf Practise Wicket
St Philip’s undertook the construction of the practise turf wickets in 2010. Not surprisingly, it was a difficult and expensive undertaking, not to mention hard work.
St Philip’s was fortunate in attracting the help of Cricket’s turf wicket icon, Les Burdett, who had recently retired from curator at the Adelaide Oval. Les visited the College and not only gave great advice and pass on invaluable contacts, but also spoke at a fundraising dinner to help pay for the nets and a roller.
Bruce Reid Sports Centre
There was great excitement at the College and in the town of Alice Springs when the Bruce Reid Sports Centre, named after a well-loved and well respected benefactor was officially opened on 23 October 2010.
With the death of Dr Bruce Reid, AM, KNO, Hon.DSc Econ, on 12 March 2005, Australia lost one of its great men. Few Australians could claim a life as successful as that of Dr Reid, entrepreneur, Captain of Commerce, devout churchman, unashamed Australian patriot, humble philanthropist, great visionary, brave adventurer and dedicated family man.
Bruce lent his financial support, his skills and wonderful expertise to many projects, spurred on by a belief in the community, an excitement about the future and the knowledge that his vast contacts could be used for good.
For further information about anything you have read in the Development section please contact: Franca Frederiksen
The rustic ‘bush chapel’ in the Peace Garden has been completed. This development was made possible by the late Mr John Blaiklock, Patron of Flynn House and generous supporter of the College, who passed away in 2005.
Headmaster, Chris Tudor was determined that the chapel was built by students, staff and friends of the College. “It took us a little longer, but it has added to the special nature of the chapel”. Three Old Saints acted as foremen on the site and helped to organize gangs of students to help with some of the tasks.
The Chapel and its surrounds are benefiting from the generosity of the family of the late Mr Blaiklock, Benefactor of the Chapel. Pledged annual funding will ensure its ongoing up keep and development. Interpretive signage for the Chapel and Peace Garden, as well as signs identifying the plants along the newly created pathway, is to be erected. The bush path was constructed by students and following Gordonstoun’s example, is called The Silent Walk.
Mrs Franca Frederiksen
St Philip's College
PO Box 33
Alice Springs NT 0871