The much-loved St George’s Church has been beautifully restored as the Performing Arts Centre, St George’s. This state-of-the art rehearsal and performance facility is inspiring our students to develop their talents front and back of stage. It also provides a whole new experience for our audiences, both within the St Michael’s family and from the broader community.
The excellence of the restoration of this important heritage building was recognised at the Master Builders Victoria 2023 Excellence in Construction Awards where it was awarded the Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10m-15m. The project was a major investment by the School as part of our program to continually improve our facilities to provide the best learning environment for our students.
Generous donors have already contributed to the project but to assist with its ongoing development and to ensure that we can continue to improve our amenities we are seeking further support.
With the completion of the redevelopment, members of the St Michael’s community can celebrate their association with the School through recognition as a supporter of a window or a seat in the Centre.
An outstanding feature of the building are the beautiful stained-glass windows which bring the space alive with their vibrant colour and warm glow. All the windows, created by leading artisans of the day, have been expertly restored. Donors have already supported the restoration of many of the windows but there are a further 14 still available. Gifts to support a window are recognised with a plaque adjacent to the window ensuring that the donor’s connection to St Michael’s is forever remembered.
The magnificent new tiered seating block in the Janette Gordon-Clark Auditorium within the Performing Arts Centre has 204 fixed seats. You can also support St Michael’s by choosing a seat to dedicate to a family member or to mark your family’s association with the School. Your gift will be recognised with an engraved plaque attached to the seat, or seats, you choose, enabling you to have an enduring presence in this iconic building.
To find out more about how you can contribute to St Michael’s by supporting a window or a seat in the Performing Arts Centre, St George’s go to https://takeyourseatorwindow.stmichaels.vic.edu.au/