The Trinity Centre Learning

January 2020 saw the opening of an innovative new learning precinct, the Trinity Centre, to enhance the St Rita’s education experience for all students. The Trinity Centre redevelopment project is the largest build to occur at St Rita's.


During its 90-year history, St Rita’s College has always shown the ability to adapt and evolve. Boys and boarders have come and gone. Ten principals have stood at the helm and many notable students have passed through the halls. What began as a seemingly impossible cause - the College is named after St Rita of Cascia, the Saint for Impossible Causes - has flourished into being one of the jewels of girls’ education in Brisbane.

Women of Action, Not Words will continue for many generations to come

St Rita’s is bolstering the academic, arts and communal experience for its girls. Our new learning precinct resources learning, performance, examinations, speaker programs, student social interaction and College-wide functions and events.

The design of the Trinity Centre highlights the College’s proud heritage, employing the words NANO and RITA into an architectural style that reflects St Rita’s distinctive charm. It is an important landmark in today’s modern and global educational landscape, bringing together under one roof many existing programs and giving greater efficiency to our well-rounded educational experience.


KEY ELEMENTS 

  • Auditorium/Multi-purpose space seating 400
  • 12 General Learning areas, each with 2 breakout areas and greater average classroom size
  • Flexible learning furniture advocated by the latest educational theories
  • Large General Assessment area ability on all levels
  • First school in Australia to use the new technology software Utelogy
  • Musical instruction classrooms
  • Drama/rehearsal classrooms
  • Foyer/Reception area
  • Gallery area
  • Box Office
  • Modern new Pantry
  • Outdoor Learning Areas
  • Outdoor Student Social Spaces across Stanley Mall, Sacred Heart and Presentation Buildings
  • Renovated toilets in Sacred Heart and Presentation Buildings
  • Improved cross campus movement access
  • Security System implemented for safety of students and staff
  • Upgraded and integrated fire system across the entire campus
This state-of-the-art development:

Offers an exceptional learning centre that strengthens the education provided by St Rita’s and enhances the social experience amongst students, staff, families and alumnae
Offers 12 new General Learning classrooms to serve all students
Integrates the College’s performing arts and film, television and new media classes into one facility that promotes collaboration of the arts under one roof
Presents Music students with access to enviable music instruction and performance facilities

Offers an exceptional learning centre that strengthens the education provided by St Rita’s and enhances the social experience amongst students, staff, families and alumnae

The Trinity Centre represents a notable improvement and space increase on the multi-purpose Kennedy Building which has served St Rita’s since the 1930s and the Trinity Centre which opened in 1982. The building provides exceptional learning spaces for a range of subjects, and is home to the performing arts and film, television and new media programs. The 400-seat auditorium, equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology, offers our students a state-of-the-art venue for drama, musical theatre, ensemble, band and solo performance, as well as guest speakers and lectures, staff and student meetings. The large and small musical instruction rooms are welcomed by our music individual teaching and ensemble staff. The Centre boasts a grand foyer as its entrance, honouring our Prix d’Honneurs, Duxes and College Captains across the years and provides a generous gallery and function space where student art can be showcased in both permanent and temporary exhibits.

Offers 12 new General Learning classrooms to serve all students

These new classrooms provide high-quality learning spaces which cater for the needs of our interactive and technology-driven learning environment. The rooms can be readily subdivided or united as instructional needs require. The flexible design of the classrooms allow teaching staff to embrace contemporary pedagogies more effectively and supports the faculties in moving beyond the traditional classroom experience.

Integrates the College’s performing arts and film, television and new media classes into one facility that promotes collaboration of the arts under one roof

The Trinity Centre allows St Rita’s to develop its arts curriculum, enhance its signature programs and give students new opportunities to broaden their learning. As we set the stage for growth in a traditionally high-achieving discipline, the consolidation of the arts will free up classroom space for other learning disciplines.

Film, Television and New Media are our primary sources of information and entertainment and the rooms for learning are equipped with a full surround sound movie cinema and green room with specialist lighting to enable the means for our FTV students to think, question, create and communicate by designing, producing and critiquing film, television (TV) and new media products in the latest formats and genres.

Presents Music students with access to enviable music instruction and performance facilities

The Trinity Centre allows St Rita’s music students to take a professional Centre Stage and is an electric venue for individual and group instruction and performance. Double-story height band and strings rooms bring outstanding acoustics. A general learning classroom and eleven soundproofed and digitally equipped instrumental practice and rehearsal rooms give our girls access to exceptional learning facilities. The inclusion of a mixing room for recording and playback of rehearsals, lessons and performances provides the girls with new opportunities to realise their creative potential.