The Aquinas Project

n July 2020, All Hallows’ School celebrated the completion of the first stage of the 2017–2025 Facilities Master Plan, with the official opening of the renovation of Aquinas Hall and Tuckshop, and the new Café 547.

Named after a pioneer of Science teaching at All Hallows’ Schools, Sister M. Aquinas, and first opened in February 1964, Aquinas Hall is now home to eight refurbished laboratories, a new, central science preparation room, as well as the existing level 5 labs.

The updated classrooms offer improved flexibility, larger spaces to accommodate Middle School classes, and incorporate the latest design elements to support student learning.

Our vision was to create calm, organised learning spaces that maximised productivity and participation. This has been achieved through incorporating elements of biophilic design, creating opportunities for flexibility in the learning space, and introducing a more sophisticated design to appeal to older students.

The redeveloped Tuckshop and addition of Café 547, named by our students as a nod to our address on Ann Street, provides a bright, welcoming space for our school community and visitors to meet. Our parent groups can also use the café facility to cater for functions and it also serves a practical teaching purpose, giving students real world opportunities to practice their culinary and coffee making skills.