The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2017
Capital Developments As well as minor works that enhanced the utility and amenity of our sites, 2017 had a focus on the two major capital developments at Old Watulunga, Finniss and the Shipsters Road Project. Old Watulunga is the source of indelible memories of camps and Coorong ventures for generations of students where they experience practical engagement with environmental sustainability as well as outdoor pursuits. The new Environmental Learning Centre opened in 2017 is a versatile facility that all faculties, year levels and sectors of the School community are encouraged to use. The building sited above the Finniss river is constructed of local stone with large windows, featuring an industrial kitchen and open space to welcome groups. It is a most inviting learning environment. The Centre is named for Mrs Margaret Bennett whose exceptional generosity enabled its construction. The outdoor kitchen and dining area and the Garden kitchen, where students will enjoy a ‘farm to table’ experience were the gift of the Parents’ & Friends’ Association. It is a wonderful example of a project fully funded by the Pembroke community. Complementing it, is the fantastic Garden of Earthly Delights. The splendid angular building being built on Shipsters Road has been designed with close attention to educational function, multidisciplinary connections and sustainability. On the three levels Technology and Design, Science and the Visual Arts will prosper here in exciting and innovative ways. Much of 2017 was spent securing approvals, finalising the design, undertaking financial modelling and then finally clearing the site ready for construction. The architects are Grieve Gillett Anderson and the managing contractor Sarah Constructions. Reaching this stage entailed a great deal of hard work for which we thank School management, in particular the Principal and Mr Peter Sulicich, the excellently credentialed Planning & Properties Board committee and the specially formed Major Building Projects committee, both very ably led by Chair Ms Melissa Mellen with the support of Finance Chair Mr Chris Meulengraaf. The School is currently in receipt of $6 million dollars in community fundraising contributions. This is a very fine start, but the target is higher. Strategic Plan 2018-2022 The many significant strategic governance and management initiatives undertaken since 2012 have been directed by the Pembroke Improvement Plan with the objective of better meeting the aspiration of our School Aims. This methodical approach placed Pembroke in a position to think more expansively, and in 2017 to set about developing a new overarching Strategic Plan 2018-2022. The process began with a robust Board workshop considering the state of education locally and internationally and anticipating critical challenges and strategic opportunities for the School. The Board next received the Principal ’s Term 2 Sabbatical Report; a rich insightful sequel to the PIP containing a wealth of ideas and practical initiatives. The Governance Board Committee chaired by Mr Garry LeDuff was instrumental in this process.