At Xavier College, we are passionate about maintaining and developing teaching, learning and living environments that fully support educational outcomes, nurture our spiritual journey and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.
Our buildings are comprised of both stunningly restored historical spaces and state of the art, architectural designed learning spaces that help us to achieve our learning goals.
Keenan Wing Redevelopment (Senior Campus)
We are especially proud of the recent refurbishment of classrooms within the Keenan Wing which have been purposely built to underpin our Pillars. These spaces have provided us with the blueprint for continual improvement of the surrounding areas and importantly, through their early development, will give us the opportunity to analyse and assess their use to enable further improvements on future replications.
These newer classrooms will give teachers more options and students a broader experience of learning styles, augmented by the use of interactive technologies, flexible furniture and contemporary, light-filled design.
Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre (Senior Campus)
In 2008, the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre (EHPAC), a state-of-the-art theatre complex, opened at the Senior Campus. It is used by Xavier College’s Drama and Music Departments from across the three campuses and has seating capacity for up to 500 people.
Sports Centre (Senior Campus)
Sport, health and physical education programs are supported by the Xavier Sports Centre at the Senior Campus which includes a heated indoor pool, a recently refurbished weight training room, two basketball/netball courts, an indoor cricket area and a total of nine outdoor floodlit synthetic tennis courts. Students from across the three campuses will regularly enjoy the use of these facilities as part of their Physical Education curriculum and APS Sport competitions.
Wren House (Burke Hall)
The Wren House property, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 1990, was held by the Wren family until 1966 when it was acquired by the College. It was purchased with the intent of providing more rooms for music and art, given the expanding student numbers at Burke Hall.
Recent renovations, generously supported by the Eldon Hogan Trust, included painting, recarpeting, the installation of heating, cooling and new lighting, new window treatments, staff pigeon hole areas and the renovation of the bathrooms and kitchen.
The basement now hosts a fully equipped percussion room, the administration offices and the staff room have been rejuvenated, display cabinets have been installed and new artwork installed.
Maritima (Kostka Hall)
Following a request from the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr. Daniel Mannix, for Xavier to establish a second preparatory school in the southern suburbs, the Rector of Xavier, Father William Hackett SJ, purchased the property Maritima on South Road Brighton in 1936.
Built as a family home for Sir Frederick McCoy, it was extensively remodelled and extended in the 1920s and it is under consideration by the National Trust for future listing. Over the years, the beautiful example of early colonial architecture, Maritima has undergone multiple refurbishments and now is host to reception areas, administrative offices, staff common room and a boardroom.
Other recent developments on the Kostka Hall campus include a modern gymnasium which is also used as a performance and community venue. This much-loved space also hosts a wonderful display of boards that honour our past and present school leaders.
South Wing (Senior Campus)
Foundations for the South Wing commenced in 1872, with the front of the building completed in time for classes to begin in 1878. Now hosting administration offices and the Staff Common Room and the Brennan Resource Centre, this stunning example of Victorian architecture has been beautifully maintained and remains as the centrepiece of the sprawling Senior Campus grounds.
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