Cannon Hill Anglican College is set in 11.5 hectares of gently sloping, wooded land, dominated by a series of giant eucalypts and an extensive Melaleuca Wetlands area, rich in wildlife. The Melaleuca Wetlands at CHAC is one of the key focus areas of the College, with both College staff and students. An integrated approach to curriculum is taken, with careful planning being implemented to ensure every student is given the opportunity to experience the Wetlands environment, from Primary through to Year 12.
While we are thrilled to be set among towering gums and to be so close to the stunning, and protected, Melaleuca Wetlands, that create the tranquil atmosphere so appreciated by all, there are also the advantages of an authentic learning space – complete with creek – as part of our campus. And what better environment could we have for our Cross Country training and events?
As a College based on pathways rather than corridors, and trees for natural shade rather than man-made structures, it is not surprising therefore that visitors quickly appreciate the serenity of such a natural setting and the beauty of being nestled among mature trees – which creates a sense of continuity and establishment.
The Enterprise Centre is designed to foster entrepreneurship and to be that bridge between Secondary school, tertiary education and the local and global economies. It is intended to be a place of creativity and innovation, with students experiencing the challenges and pressures of working in diverse teams, often put together to solve a problem or build a start-up.
Such a centre is at the forefront of addressing the challenges facing current and future students to craft their own businesses and careers; to develop their own competitive advantage and brand. It will be both multi and cross-disciplinary, connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and innovation agendas through various technologies.
This 21st century teaching and learning facility is a two-storey connected suite of learning spaces including:
- three new Science laboratories
- a fourth flexible STEM learning space
- two Business learning spaces
- two STEAM Enterprise laboratories, one with mezzanine
- Hospitality Training Centre.
The Enterprise Centre is an exciting venture to provide for the generation of creative ideas, to skill our learners in the art of entrepreneurship and enterprise, and to focus the development phase of R&D. The building will comprise a large first floor area and additional mezzanine level with flexible configurations of collaboration spaces and media studios.
A new Science Centre has been built for students studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and Junior Science. The Centre is the embodiment of our commitment to Next Practice – 'A future-focussed approach to teaching and learning, enabled by new technologies'.
Featuring four purpose-built and technologically-advanced laboratories, to complement the existing facilities, staff and students benefit from ease of access to specialist equipment in specialist labs. The spacious and flexible learning spaces facilitate a higher level of practical engagement in investigations and extended research tasks. A dedicated courtyard for outdoor learning is integrated into the Science Centre.
Apart from bright, modern, well-resourced and quality-equipped laboratories and preparation rooms, the most exciting development is the integration of top-end technology into the labs. The advanced IT will facilitate innovative teaching and group-work capabilities and will complement and enhance the students' use of their individual tablet computers.
Sporting facilities cater for AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Football (Soccer), Touch Football, Tennis, Athletics, and Volleyball. The flexible areas are used for HPE, Carnivals and TAS sporting events.
In 2017, a Gymnasium was added to the College's sports facilities, providing rowing machines, stationary bikes and weight training equipment to HPE students.
- the Tuggerah Centre - a multi-purpose covered learning area to cater for indoor sports and learning in a variety of contexts.
- cricket training nets
- indoor and outdoor Basketball/Netball courts
- indoor Volleyball courts
- access to four multi-purpose playing fields
- use of the new multi-million dollar Colmslie Olympic Pool (heated), situated a short walk from the College campus
- use of the Morningside Tennis Centre for training, situated a short walk from the College campus.
- use of the State Hockey Centre for training and matches
- all cricket games are held at the the College's two high quality turf ovals.
Our magnificent 1,100 seat Auditorium forms part of the Arts Precinct, which includes a Music and Drama Block and Visual Arts Wing, four general learning areas and three Drama and Performance Studios. Other facilities include a professional recording studio, and a Visual Arts wing with gallery, lecture theatre and Arts Deck.
The Auditorium offers professional lighting, sound and data projection systems and a fully equipped sound box, situated on the Balcony Level.
Wheel chair access, an elevator and toilet amenities, as well as a loading dock at ground level, ensure the Auditorium provides students with top-notch facilities.
Use of the Auditorium for special events is augmented further with the addition of a Catering Centre and a fully-enclosed and modern Auditorium Foyer.
The Auditorium is also available for external hire.
A contemporary integrated arts facility incorporates a Visual Arts Wing with darkroom, Lecture Theatre and dynamic Gallery.
A recent addition to the Art Precinct is a weather-protected Arts Deck, providing additional space for lessons, meetings and exhibitions.
The Western entrance is decorated with a ceramic mosaic, crafted by students, and the Arts Garden contains the Year 9-created installation of totem poles – guardians of creativity and innovation.
The Music Centre offers five attractive, air-conditioned and sound-proofed teaching studios, a professional recording and editing suite, an orchestral recording studio, and two dedicated Drama and Performance Studios.
Specifically, these consist of:
- Studio Room A with a seating capacity for up to 120 people, suitable for music solos right up to a 76-piece chamber ensemble,
- Studio Room B, ideal for chamber ensembles with seating for 20 people,
- Seven soundproofed music spaces suitable for one to four people.