Immanuel College’s new Senior School, The Margaret Ames Centre, has brought a new era of education and learning to the campus.
The LLL provides low interest loans to members of the Lutheran Church of Australia - which includes many Lutheran schools. In 2015 Immanuel College in South Australia opened the doors of this new centre, which was made possible by the help of the LLL.
This dedicated specialist learning environment is designed to support the unique developmental and educational requirements of senior students, preparing them for life and learning beyond Immanuel.
As educators, we recognise the growing independence of senior students and their strong sense of personal responsibility as they enter this final phase of formal education.
The design of this new facility allows students to make responsible decisions in the way they learn and study, and assists in preparing them for the less structured world of tertiary study and the workplace.
The project expenditure of $15 million was funded through a combination of the outstanding support from the Lutheran Laypeople’s League loans facility and generous community support. A key feature of this funding strategy was that the project costs have not impacted on tuition fees.
This outstanding facility has provided the opportunity for students to develop independence and responsibility, and the design has many outstanding features.
The environmental initiatives are at the forefront of sustainable design with the use of natural light, extensive ventilation and the choices of materials designed for both environmental citizenship and comfort.
Technology is integrated in all aspects of the building and the internal space blends naturally with the outdoor learning areas.
The Margaret Ames Centre sets a new benchmark for education facilities in Australia and has enabled the beginning of a new learning culture at Immanuel.
Through the naming of this building, the school has also been able to honour a wonderful teacher, mentor and leader in Margaret Ames.