Corpus Christi College gym gets $1.5m makeover


Corpus Christi College arts captains Peter Ho and Nadia Long with principal Caroline Payne at the school’s new performing arts centre.
Corpus Christi College arts captains Peter Ho and Nadia Long with principal Caroline Payne at the school’s new performing arts centre.

CORPUS Christi College has spent $1.5 million transforming a former gymnasium into a cutting-edge performing arts centre and is preparing to formally unveil the new building next month.

Funded by the college’s building levy, the centre features two drama suites, two dance studios, an art gallery space and reception area.

An adjoining 400-seat auditorium is also slated for construction later this year.

Corpus Christi College principal Caroline Payne said the school had experienced exponential growth and interest in its arts programs in recent years, resulting in new dance offerings and burgeoning roster of musical ensembles, bands and choirs.

“For the outstanding staff and students who have previously operated with limited facilities, the new centre is a natural progression of the college’s capital development plan, which also saw the completion of the state-of-the-art David Heath Gymnasium in 2016,” she said.

The James Nestor Performing Arts Centre is named after the inaugural director of the Catholic Education Commission of WA, who died last year.

It will be officially opened at a special blessing held on June 9.

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