In 2020, Iona College welcomed 150 Foundation (Year 7) students and 23 staff. The College will be fully built in three stages over six years.
This will mean a $65 million investment in state-of-the-art facilities that serve the educational needs of students well into the future. Iona College has welcomed 150 year seven students in 2020 and ultimately build secondary school population upwards of 1500 students over a ten-year period.
A comprehensive integrated curriculum is being built to ensure that students reach their academic potential. The wellbeing needs of the College community will be prioritised so that students are healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. The first stage of building has involved the $25 million-dollar development of learning, collaborative and specialist spaces to cater specifically for the junior years. This was enhanced, by the development of a sporting precinct that of an AFL standard oval, Gymnasium, and Food Technology Centre that was completed at the end of 2021. In October 2020, the building of the College’s specialist facilities (Art, Technology, STEM, Science and Media) commenced and was ready for use at the commencement of the 2022 school year.
Our vision incorporates the aspirational statement, ‘Learning to Change the World’ as we shape a robust learning program designed to engage and inspire.
Iona College is not being built to replicate the educational options that already exist in the Geelong region; rather it is the chance to put into action the latest advancement in educational thinking that ensures that students are equipped for the demands of the future.
Architectural Concepts & Masterplan
Our first year seven students are the pioneers of the College who are being given the unique opportunity to shape and lead a new culture that places learning and wellbeing at the core.
Teaching and support staff have been, and will be recruited on the basis of their ability to look to the future, care and nurture the students in their care and bring with them a growth mindset towards the provision of a dynamic learning and teaching program.
Progressively, additional specialist facilities will be built to cater for the students as they enter into their senior years and pursue various pathways involving VCE, VCAL, VET and further opportunities yet to be discovered. As the new Catholic Coeducational College in Geelong, we will also ensure that students practise their social and community responsibilities that lie at the heart of our Faith as a College and care for those within the college but also those who are marginalised in our communities.