24 July 2019 - Official Opening
On Wednesday 24 July the new Music (Conservatoire de Musique) and Sports Facilities were opened and blessed by The Most Reverend Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland. Our school watched the opening in the Auditorium – through a live feed from the music rooms. Unfortunately, with space at a premium this was the best option. We thank Reuben O’Neill, RSCJ Trust Board Chair and Project Director for his oversight of this project and Baradene College Limited (Chair - Edmund Lawler) who provided these magnificent facilities. Thank you to our Board of Trustees (Chair - Gill Chappell) for the generous fit-out of these buildings and to the many people who supported the project financially and with their time.
June 2019 Update
The new sports and music building project is nearing completion!!
March 2019 Update
We are now well into Term 1 2019 and the new music and sports facilities project is progressing well and on schedule for completion by mid 2019.
For families new to Baradene this year and to update all families - this is the most significant building project in the last 10 years – an important milestone for 2019 - the 110 year Anniversary of Baradene College.
When completed, the College will have outstanding facilities for music, media, sport and the performing arts for the benefit of all current and future Baradene students. There will be four full size music and media classrooms, music practice rooms and storage space, a versatile performance space and a lounge available for school community meetings. A first class hockey turf will be installed over a car park that will accommodate approximately 150 cars.
November 2018 Update
Steady progress is being made with our new music and sports building project.
This is the first major building project since the building of the Barat Block 10 years ago. The new facilities will represent another significant milestone in the College’s nearly 110 year history.
September 2018 Update
The new music and sports facilities are starting to take shape!!
The opening of the new music and sports facilities in mid - 2019 will coincide with the College celebrating its 110th year of educating young women in the spirit of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
August 2018 Update
Great progress continues to be made with the building of our much needed new sports and music facilities.
See how the new facilities will look by clicking on the link below to view a panorama of the project – you can navigate around it using the pins visible on the display.
All will benefit. As Sandy Pasley commented at the recent Growing Heart Dinner “There will be flow on benefits for the whole community. The new classrooms will free up much needed space from our other buildings – we are bursting at the seams”.
We need your help!
The proprietor, Baradene College Limited, is leading the building of the project.
However, the College needs to fund the fit out of the new music and sport facilities so they will be ready for use by students and staff in the middle of next year.
The Growing Heart Foundation was established to provide financial support to the College. Over the next 18 months the Foundation will be focused on fundraising to fit out the new facilities. This fit out campaign was launched at the Growing Heart Dinner on 11 August.
For more information on how you can help email [email protected]
July 2018 Update
Progress with the building of the new sports and music facilities can now be seen through the gates at Sonia Ave.
This is an ideal time to begin regular updates on the building of the amazing new music and sports facilities that will benefit all Baradene students and staff.
As the build progresses there will be opportunities for the wider Baradene community to come together and be involved with the project. The first opportunity is the Growing Heart Dinner on Saturday 11 August which will showcase the facilities and raise funds for the fit out the new project.
October 2017 announcement
New Project in Store for 2018
We are pleased to confirm the commencement of a major project at Baradene College involving the installation of new music classrooms and suites, an artificial hockey turf, and an underground carpark.
Music classrooms and suites
A new music facility is to be constructed on the eastern side of the complex, comprising four full-size music
classrooms, along with seven music suites and storage space for instruments and materials. These will be designed to music classroom standards with a high level of soundproofing. The entrance area and some of the classrooms will be able to be extended to provide a performance space for students and the community.
Music has received strong support from the College during recent years, with consequently high participation and success by students in music. The construction of a purpose-built music facility will also free up other classroom spaces in demand from other faculty subjects.
Hockey field project
A full international specification hockey turf will be installed over the carpark. Hockey is a popular sport among the students, and this new turf will enable hockey teams to use Baradene as a home venue during winter competitions, as well as provide the many hockey teams with excellent practice areas during the week, thus releasing other outdoor areas for use by other sports.
The one-level carpark will provide secure covered parking for approximately 150 cars, with a planned entrance off
Sonia Avenue and an exit through Gate 3 onto Victoria Avenue. This will remove cars currently spread around the
grounds of the College and provide more space for students.
This is a major, multi-million dollar investment for the College. The key infrastructure being developed will support staff at the College in their critical roles while also freeing up space in other areas of the College. The music facilities and new hockey turf will provide opportunitiesfor the wider development of students in performing arts, and further sporting opportunities within the College. The project is led by BCL as Proprietor, with fundingfrom the parent community through the contributions they make to BCL. We would not be able to construct such an important facility without that support.
We thank the community for their support for this project. This represents a major upgrade to facilities at Baradene, and we believe provides exciting opportunities for the future growth and ongoing success of Baradene asa Catholic school of the Society of the Sacred Heart.