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ACG Parnell Deputy Head Boy, Travis

  • Travis' views on the new campus

    What are you looking forward to about the new campus?

    The new campus is most exciting in the change it will bring. Going to ACG Parnell
    since year seven, I can’t wait for the new classes, new students and new location
    that will make up my final year of school. I also appreciate the campus being nearer
    the cafes and restaurants of Newmarket!

    What opportunities do you think it will bring for you as foundation students?
    For future students?

    For the foundation students, it will really give us the opportunity to influence the
    future of Senior Campus. The different building will present new challenges and how
    we adapt to these, plus the habits we put in place, could affect the future students of
    this campus for years to come. On a more personal level, these different
    circumstances will mean change for everybody. The skills we learn to cope with this
    change will be invaluable.

    What, in your opinion, are the unique needs of senior students?

    Senior students, 17- and 18-year old’s, are only one or two years off leaving school
    and going in to university or careers. The common element between all departing
    students is a need to develop the skills of independence and proactiveness. By
    easing year 12 and 13s into student life through free periods and tutorial-style
    classes, they are ultimately more equipped for the wider world.

ACG Parnell Head Boy, Jack

  • Jack's views on the new campus

    I’m looking forward to all the new facilities that we will have access to such as the large new theatre. Overall, I am simply excited about the new campus as it is a blank canvas on which we can establish a great new identity.

    As foundation students I think that the most exciting opportunity is to help build this new identity. To have input into the design and the culture of the school. This will give us opportunities to explore and discover new and exciting challenges that will embrace our creative sides. For future students it gives them the opportunity to build on this, to refine and perfect what we have created.

    I think for senior students it is very important that they have great teachers and small class sizes that result in intimate and personal teaching. However, most important to me is respect. To be treated like adults and be given creative freedom and independence.

ACG Parnell Deputy Head Girl, Maia

  • Maia's views on the new campus

    What are you most looking forward to about the new campus?

    The independence and uniqueness that senior students will have, as well as the new
    facilities.

    It is also the perfect opportunity for a ‘fresh start’ that will allow for a more collaborative environment for the senior school. Furthermore, the modern and accessible study spaces that the campus will offer.

    What opportunities do you think it will bring for you as foundation students? For
    future students?

    The new senior campus is the ultimate means of integrating ACG Parnell and Senior College and creating a welcoming platform for new students. Seniors will be able to make the campus their own and it is a great way to encourage student voice and co-operation. The forward-thinking decision to make a separate space for seniors will hopefully raise excitement in the student body to ensure better engagement and a sense of school spirit.

    What, in your opinion, are the unique needs of senior students?

    Seniors need a sense of independence and control, as well as being able to enjoy and feel comfortable with their subjects, teachers, and peers. They also appreciate an environment where academic learning is encouraged, matched with inspiring participation in extra-curricular activities and student life.

ACG Parnell Head Girl, Tessa

  • Tessa's views on the new campus

    What are you most looking forward to about the new campus?

    The thought of new facilities and a fantastic new space is always appealing, but I think the most exciting part is the wealth of opportunities it’s going to bring for us as students. It will give us the chance to really settle into the kind of culture we want to create, especially as two schools merging together.

    What opportunities do you think it will bring for you as foundation students? For
    future students?

    A space unique to the senior students will be a fantastic opportunity for us to settle into a creative and independent environment, which I hope will foster more social and personal development opportunities. At the same time, I think this will present us with the challenge of maintaining strong connections with the younger students – a fantastic learning opportunity that not every student would associate with their high school experience.

    What, in your opinion, are the unique needs of senior students?

    As teenagers reaching our last few years of high school, I think we like to think we have our independence down pat! What I see the needs of students being in a school already highly tailored to university-style life is that last bit of support and guidance around the paths we will face as young adults.

    Because we’re lucky to live in the environment that we do, we have opportunities thrown every which way at us – I think learning to harness the tools to grab those opportunities and flourish with them will be an important factor in Senior Campus.