The excitement is building

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A lot of development has been made to the foreshore since December. You may have seen this while walking around Siena Park, or even from our school. The astro turf, pitch lines, trees and concrete have recently been added. The concrete will be there to make better seats, so that people are able to sit and watch some games.


Over this weekend the water fountain, shade cloth and goals posts will be put in as well. Before you know it the whole pitch will be ready for us to use!


A soft opening will be held on Wednesday 20 May, when the pitch will officially be opened. We are looking forward to finally using this amazing facility.

Sarah Buring, Giselle von Huene Chan, Dennis Law

Progress going really well

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A lot of progress has been made on the Foreshore over the last few weeks. Last week the asphalt layer was spread across the area.


The next step will be the installation of the shock-layer and then finally the artificial turf. Once the “Poligras” artificial turf is laid over the area, it will start to look more complete and will be ready to use quite shortly. As a result, the new foreshore is scheduled to be completed and we hope to open it on Wednesday 20 May. Information on the opening will be sent out to all students closer to the time.


Giselle von Huene Chan (Y11) & Amirah Khan (Y7)

Development of the Foreshore

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On the worksite with Pat Romano, a key figure behind the project

On the worksite with Pat Romano, a key figure behind the project

Student Council Survey

From the recent Student Council survey sent out in December of last year, we detected a recurring theme that there were issues around a lack of leisure space. It was apparent that many people were unaware or has a lack of information about the exciting changes that are taking place on the foreshore within the next few months. While information was placed on the Explorer, we realise that very few students are active readers, and so are not reached by this. As a result we have set up this new and accessible Student Council blog page (linked to Ding!) in order to keep you, the people who most impacted by changes in the school, updated.

The Foreshore Development Project

The completion of the new foreshore on the 28 May 2015 will see the realisation of a project that began over 6 years ago. A collaboration between Discovery College, HKR International Ltd. and City Management, the artificially turfed area will be a wonderful school and community asset that will be open to public use, with group bookings managed by the school. The sports area will be covered in “Poligras” artificial turf, a FIFA 2-Star certified system which had featured at the 2012 Olympic Games. On this ground will be markings for two pitches of dimensions 51.4 x 22.0 m and 37.3 x 20.1 m. The larger will be put to use for football and rugby, being equipped with special dual-use goalposts. The smaller will lend itself to football again, as well as to netball. The foreshore area will also feature a small shaded area to rest or hang out in, as well as a set of long steps alongside the pitches that will accommodate spectators.

Diagram showing pitch markings and dimensions

Diagram showing pitch markings and dimensions

Special dual-use goalposts for football and rugby

Special dual-use goalposts for football and rugby

We have school Principal Mark Beach, Business Manager Pat Romano, COC Chairman Simon Mawdsley and HKR Chief Executive Tony Cheng to thank for this fantastic new space.

Concept Sketches

We have decided to include some of the concept sketches involved in the planning process of the project in order to give you an idea of what the new, refurbished foreshore will look like.

PTA Contribution

Our amazing DC PTA is also generously supporting the project, contributing a large storage shed for sports equipment. Additionally, they are also funding a drinking fountain, the canopy for the shaded area as well as the many trees that will provide cover from the sun.