NSW Governor opens new state-of-the-art Parramatta school building


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Ms Kerrie Walshaw, Chair of the OLMC Board (left), Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, Sister Janet Woods, Mrs Kitty Guerin, Principal of OLMC Parramatta, Sister Catherine Ryan rms, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy at Parramatta and Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vicar General, Very Rev Peter G Williams VG.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW officially opened the new Janet Woods Building at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta (OLMC) on Sunday 25 March.

Completed in 2011, the state-of-the-art-building cost more than $9 million and is the largest building project undertaken by the College in more than 80 years. The combined requirements for teaching effectiveness, student comfort and environmental sustainability come together in this truly twenty first century facility.

The Janet Woods Building is purpose built for modern education with advanced technology facilities and functional, attractive and energy efficiency learning spaces including:

  • Six fully equipped high-tech science laboratories and a dedicated botany room
  • A new spacious and contemporary library, with wireless access
  • New domestic and commercial kitchens with a common preparation room
  • A modern self-serve canteen
  • A Year 12 Common Room and paved outside area

"Our new Janet Woods Building is fabulous and a beautiful place for students and teachers to work together in. The vertical garden wall forming one part of the building is a brilliant feature. The design really is the school for the future," said Chair of the OLMC Board and former student, Kerrie Walshaw.

"We worked closely with the teachers to create smart, innovative learning areas to facilitate active learning. The new Catherine McAuley library is an adult-style learning space. With glass walls around three sides it is light and airy making it a popular place for students’ individual or group study," Ms Walshaw said.

Designed by Tzannes Associates and built by Taylor Construction Group and Midson Project Management, Project Director Peter John Cantrill from Tzannes Associates said he is proud to be associated with the Janet Woods Building.

"The project involved careful planning based on extensive consultation with the OLMC community and the outcome is a modern, sophisticated building designed to assist the education of our future community leaders," Mr Cantrill said.

Tradition of excellence in learning and teaching

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Ms Walshaw said it was a privilege to have Governor Bashir, who is a great role model for the girls, at the College to open the Janet Woods Building.

"With her distinguished career in medical science and as NSW Governor, we were honoured and very pleased that Mrs Bashir officially opened this important building, in which OLMC’s tradition of excellence in learning and teaching will continue for the benefit of the present and future school community," Ms Walshaw said.

Established in 1889 as an independent Catholic girls’ school, OLMC Parramatta has a tradition of naming its facilities after people who have made an important contribution to the College.

Sister Janet Woods, who was present at the opening ceremony, is one such person.

She is the first Parramatta Mercy Sister to gain a science degree and was the Principal of OLMC from 1978-1989. While Principal, she skilfully guided the College through extensive building restoration and refurbishment. The naming of the building after Sister Janet recognises her gifts as a Science teacher and her promotion of a Mercy education that values social justice and equips young women to create a meaningful future.

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