St George’s Anglican Grammar School will have a new and permanent home at 441 Murray Street from 2030. The building will also be the head offices of the Anglican Schools Commission, ASC International and the ASC Language School.
As many of you are aware our main school campus at 50 William Street is a leased building and is combined with classrooms as part of CQU at 10 William Street and administrative offices at 56 William Street. We effectively operate over three buildings on William Street with little room for expansion for new facilities. The purchase of 441 Murray Street allows us to establish much firmer foundations for our long-term future in the heart of the City of Perth.
Perth is quickly becoming an education city, with Curtin University’s School of Law based on Murray Street, Murdoch University leasing property on St George’s Terrace, and Edith Cowan and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) moving into a site adjoining Yagan Square in 2025. All these developments along with our very own St George’s Anglican Grammar School students bring a wonderful youthful demographic to city life and injects further vitality, energy, vibrancy and growth into the heart of Perth.
Learning does not just happen within the walls of the school for St George’s Anglican Grammar School. The location of 441 Murray Street allows for our school to continue to use the city facilities already popular with our classes and specific programmes of study. This was of paramount importance when searching for a longer-term permanent home.The move to 441 Murray Street will take some time. We will continue to operate our main campus out of 50 William Street for the foreseeable future with the formal move to 441 Murray some way off for many of our current students and families. It will begin to occur gradually for some classes until we fully operate from 441 Murray Street from 2030.
In this exciting interim period 441 Murray Street will be developed to provide for the increased needs of the school. We are currently working alongside a selected group of specialist educational architects to support us to ensure that the building meets its new purpose and can enhance our ongoing development and growth.
St George’s Anglican Grammar School is firmly committed to maintaining the special sense of community within our school. With our continued growth in recent years, we are beginning to quickly reach our capacity within our current buildings at 50 William Street and 10 William Street and now have wait lists in several year groups. The development of the new site at 441 Murray Street will allow us to continue to grow as well as being able to provide more readily for the increased needs of our Year 11 and 12 students.
Importantly, the additional space will provide the opportunity for us to diversify and broaden the curriculum that we are able to offer. In the planning stages of the development, we are looking to create specialist subject areas such as Dance, Textiles, Food Technology, Woodwork and Metal Work to become part of the St George’s Anglican Grammar School curriculum as well as increasing our Science, Art, Drama, Music and Design spaces.
These are indeed exciting times for us as a school to work together to provide a world class education and facilities for all St George’s Anglican Grammar School students and staff. The next stage of the development will be to appoint an architect to help us in the first phase of the planning for the building. I look forward to keeping students, families and staff informed as we plan and design to bring our exciting new campus to fruition.