On Friday 15 July Archbishop Peter A Comensoli  presided over the blessing and dedication of the Sr Genevieve Robertson Junior STEM Centre  and the Fidelis Community Garden at St John’s Regional College, Dandenong. This $5m facility secured through the support of the Member for Dandenong, Ms Gabriel Williams, M.P. and State Government funding will provide opportunities to St John’s students to pursue learning and future career pathways in the critical STEM industries.

The Junior STEM Centre and Community Garden were named in honour of Presentation Sisters, Sr Genevieve Robertson and Sr Fidelis Burgess, to recognise the foundational work of the sisters in Dandenong and at St John’s Regional College where they worked tirelessly to establish and develop the mission of Catholic Education.

Features of the SR Genevieve Robertson STEM centre include state of the art facilities in the areas of science, design technology, robotics and Information Technology. Classroom design has also incorporated flexible learning spaces to allow for a variety of teaching and learning styles that will provides an integrated and hands on application of the key learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Principal of St. John’s Regional College, Tim Hogan, acknowledged “It is a wonderful opportunity for St John’s Regional College to become a leader of STEM Education in our local region. The completion of this modern state of the art educational facility will provide exciting future pathways for our students. As their teachers we will continue our work providing them with an environment of high support and high challenge and as we have seen time and time again, once our students have the opportunity, they can do some amazing things.”

Read all about it in the Dandenong Star