Senior School Construction of the new four-level MLC Senior School building is on schedule and will open for students and staff in Term 1 2019. The new Senior School building will be an exciting place to learn and will inspire teachers and students alike, while promoting an intrinsic sense of community. The combination of glass-walled class room spaces and open-plan areas offers space for collaborative enquiry, interaction and exploration as well as rooms and nooks for quieter study and contemplation. Environmentally sustainable principles are inherent so that our girls can learn respect for the earth and take a leadership role in stewarding its future. Features include a full height, high performance double glazed façade with automated louvre windows to allow for natural ventilation and a building management system optimised for energy efficiency. Spaces are conducive to dynamic teaching and learning and individual departments will have designated floors which will encourage a greater sense of identity for subjects. An abundance of natural light strengthens the connection between indoors and out. Glass panels on the rooftop provide light to the atrium which is at the heart of the building. It will seat approximately 200 people and feature acoustic panelling for sound absorption. The space is bright and open, enabling students to see one another through different classes and facilitating an environment in which all students co-exist. Large pop-out windows protrude into the courtyards bring the external environment inside. Mixing raw concrete, timber and glass, the new Senior School has a robust, industrial feel. Overall, the building will house 21 state-of-the-art classrooms, eight new science laboratories with extra preparation areas, three seminar rooms, 10 meeting/tutorial rooms, eight designated collaboration spaces, three multipurpose studios, an IT genius bar, four staff rooms and an outdoor garden terrace on the third level. Additionally, the building has been designed for maximum energy efficiency, including a fully integrated building management system. This system will incorporate a weather station which will automatically prompt the windows to manage the building's temperature. The external shading louvre system is also supplemented with energy efficient glazing. The completion of the building will also enable the demolition of several existing buildings on the campus to be replaced with landscaping and lawns for our girls to enjoy throughout the day.