We're very excited to announce that as part of our Library Revitalisation Project, air conditioning will be installed in our beloved Bloxsidge Centre during the upcoming holidays. This is part of Component 2, Stage 2 of our Masterplan, that has seen modern and innovative advancements to the College campus, facilities and environment.
In a letter to parents in 2019, Principal Graham Meertens stated how St Augustine's College is investigating implementing an air conditioning plan with the following considerations being at the forefront of planning:
Under the Pope Francis Laudato Si project we as Catholics need to consider the damaging effects of fossil fuel usage and the alteration it has on our global community.
Seek to investigate further our energy usage to minimise wastage that will address our Laudato Si commitment and reduce energy costs
Investigate energy saving devices such LED lighting and possible more solar panel additions
Investing in appropriate plant life that will shade classrooms from direct sunlight
Purchasing air conditioning products that are sustainable, energy efficient and provide healthy air to staff and students
Ensuring power infrastructure is adequate to prevent damage to existing facilities and possible brown outs which does occur in other schools.
It is with pride our College has been considerate and given due attention to the Pope vision of Laudato Si with half the lighting changed to LED lights in 2019 and the entire school to complete by 2021. Energy efficient air conditioning has been implemented to conserve energy and monitor carbon dioxide levels. Additional solar panels have been added on the Senior Years Hub roof and a landscape architect has been acquired to increase our green life.
The following are currently air-conditioned:
Although not every classroom is air conditioned, our Head of Schools will be devising an “extreme hot weather plan" to ensure every student will be exposed to some air conditioning throughout the extreme hot days. We are also anticipating the introduction of more outdoor learning spaces will also provide comfort and a different learning experience for students.