A Message from the Principal
I am very privileged to be the founding principal of our new Catholic school in Lucas for two main reasons.
Firstly, it gives me the opportunity to come back to Ballarat. My mother grew up near Ballarat and we have many friends and family members who live in the area. It was also a place where I spent many happy, childhood holidays on my aunt and uncle’s property in Rokewood Junction. My attachment to Ballarat resulted in me moving here in 1990 and I loved the ten years I spent living here and always hoped that I would be able to return – and now I can.
Secondly, the prospect of being part of a community initiative to create a new Catholic school is enormously energizing. My many years of experience working in a wide range of Catholic schools, large and small, city and rural, will be very useful in ensuring that the school we build will be a school for the future, a school where we can promote excellence and nurture the spiritual, academic, emotional and physical growth of our children.
I look forward to working with Fr. Justin and the community at Lucas as we embark on our mission to provide a quality Catholic education to the children of this new suburb.
Jo Brewer Principal - Lucas Catholic Primary School
Education and Learning
Lucas' proposed Education Precinct and Learning Hub design shows the benefits of being part of a master plan. Not only will there be a choice of schools, but there will be state-of-the art facilities designed around best practice principles of facilitating shared access between the two schools and, in some cases, the community.
The Ballarat West Growth zone is experiencing enormous growth and new schools will be instrumental in ensuring that local families have access to quality education.
Such facilities potentially include a library, meeting and conference rooms, large multi-purpose space for assemblies or performances, as well as art, music, technology and home economics work spaces.
The design of the Education Precinct and Learning Hub is aimed at providing plenty of space for outdoor activities, designated bus and car-park zones for safe pick-up and drop-off, direct access to major sporting facilities at the District Sports Fields, and a secure, controlled environment achieved through the placement of school administration buildings at the entrance to the school grounds.