The newly-refurbished Arts Hub is now home to the Art Department and the Fashion and Textiles Department. It features the same open, light-filled spaces that are a feature of the Chanel Centre providing a modern, contemporary work space for Arts students. The wide open spaces allow students to comfortably work on large pieces of art. For the first time in many years, textile & fashion students have a suitable space to layout their materials and fabrics for contemporary fashion design.
Built in 2010 for our Year 7 students, the Chanel Centre is Stage 1 of the Middle Years Centre that will ultimately include a similar learning area for Year 8 students. Chanel is at the forefront of contemporary design for educational spaces, with an emphasis on the learning needs of young adolescents in a community environment. Light, airy classrooms are placed around a large, central atrium. Quiet study areas, a science discovery centre and collaborative learning spaces are incorporated into the flexible learning areas. Creative use of colour, glazing that takes advantage of the beautiful views of Bass Strait and access to the outdoors are all features of the modern design.
While there have been some minor changes to the Chapel over the years, we have retained the same beautiful wood panelling that made it stunning feature of the original school buildings in 1958. The Chapel provides a faith centre for our students and staff alike. Class liturgies are held in the Chapel throughout the year and the Chapel is always open to all staff, students and friends of the College.
Opened in 2003, the Colin Theatre has tiered seats for 138 and serves as the College's main audio-visual complex for viewing movies and listening to guest speakers. The control console allows the operator to contol DVD, video, or live television feeds as well as sound and lighting for a true cinematic experience. The seating is equipped with flip out desks to allow students to take notes during lectures and film review sessions.
The College’s ICT facilities include a site-wide wired and wireless network of over 700 internet-connected computers, all regularly updated to the latest software and hardware specification. The computers are used across the curriculum in a number of computer laboratories, or wirelessly in classrooms throughout the school. All general use classrooms have access to data-projectors, enabling the delivery of digital resources at the point of learning. This, an enterprise-level server infrastructure, and a full-time IT staff demonstrate the College’s commitment to providing a modern learning environment. The College is currently in the process of implementing the 1:1 program across the school.
Conway Hall is home to our Performing Arts Studio, theatrical stage and drama learning spaces. Conway comfortably seats an audience of 120, making it an ideal venue for the intimate theatre experience. The sprung stage floor is also ideal for dance, and students also benefit from the mirrored wall which provides visual feedback on performance and technique. Conway Hall is equipped with in-house, state-of-the-art theatrical lighting, sound rigs and audio-visual projectors. Dressing room facilities can accommodate a cast of 25. There is also a purpose-built storage space for the many props and costumes used in past and present College performances. Conway Hall can be divided into two smaller studios and can be used for “Theatre in the Round”. Conway Hall is used for music and dance productions as well as many theatrical productions.
Featuring dual playing courts, classrooms and a modern equipped gymnasium, the Harcombe Centre is a magnificent sports stadium for our students and for sports teams from the wider community. Built to Olympic standard for a number of sports, students use the facilities for Health and Physical Education, Sports Science and Athlete Development as well as competitive sport. With seating for 900, the Harcombe Centre is also used as the College assembly space and by the wider community for large functions and events.
Home Economics & Textiles
Home Economics facilities at the College have seen continual development in recent years. Food Technology is delivered out of two modern kitchens with a central café. The technology elective Lifestyle, Fashion and Technology is delivered out of the new state-of-the-art Design Room in the centre of the Arts Hub. The Design Room features a large student work area that is flooded with natural lighting, as well as both a wet area and a drying facility.
Centrally located, the library features an extensive and up-to-date collection of fiction, non-fiction, teacher resources, DVDs and portable AV equipment available for loan to the staff and student community. The library has two classrooms available for booking and numerous study tables for use by classes and Senior College students. Students have access to more than 30 computers in the library with staff on hand to provide assistance with reference and research queries, general enquiries and technical issues. more >
Materials, Design & Technology
Our Materials, Design & Technology workshops at the College consist of five workspaces.
For senior Metal classes, Marist has a large facility that is fully equipped with extensive welding capabilities for Arc, MIG and TIG, a separate area for grinding and cutting and a large floor space. A junior technology workshop is attached and is capable of running both Metal and Wood classes for Years 7 and 8.
Woodwork is catered for by a large co-joined workspace capable of running two classes the same time. It is fully equipped with tools and equipment to cater for all year levels and students have the chance to experience all facets of woodworking and related trades throughout their time at the College.
Currently, Marist is running a one year course in Automotive Small Engines. This is catered for in a separate facility in a smaller space suitable for reduced classes of 12.
The digital media lab incorporates 20 wide screen computers, the latest graphic design software from Adobe, a green screen, lights and camera to create videos and special effects and specialised teacher software to stream videos and text to the student computers. The media lab is used for students studying digital design, media studies and photography.
Music Recording Studio
The industry-standard recording studio at the College uses ProTools HD and professional quality microphones to enable students to record original music and performance pieces for assessment at College and TCE level. The studio is managed by professional sound engineer Rob Richards, who also oversees a Certificate III Technical Production course for students interested in gaining industry qualifications in sound engineering.
The Music Department has 13 individual practice rooms and three larger rooms for group rehearsals and classroom learning. The College has on hand, a range of rock, brass, woodwind and stringed instruments for students studying music in Middle Years and High School and for Senior College students undertaking Contemporary Music or Music Studies.
The Science Wing of Marist Regional College was renovated and reopened by Archbishop Eric D’Arcy in 1996. Since then the College has been constantly updating our fully equipped laboratories with new and improved technologies. This enhances educational experiences in science, particularly when conducting practical investigation which can lead to a better understanding of ideas and concepts within the science curriculum.The facilities of the laboratories include a number of gas connections for Bunsen burner use, a large range of glassware and chemical compounds for experimentation, fume cabinets, vertical power cords for safety and easy access, eye wash and fire safety equipment, junior and senior microscopes, block out blinds for light-sensitive experiments, electronic sensors and data logging equipment, laptop access across our wireless network, data projectors and stereo speakers.
The College sits on 17 hectares of beautifully manicured sports grounds that include, two Australian Rules Football grounds, two soccer fields, outdoor cricket nets, a concrete cricket pitch covered with artificial turf, long jump pits and concrete turning circles for discus and shot put, an all-weather outdoor surface for PE classes. The College is within a short walk of the Burnie Tennis Centre and Burnie Netball Centre and students take advantage of these high-class community facilities all year round.