Phase One


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The first phase of the project is a new Sacred Heart Parish centre, an expanded primary school to accommodate the relocation of Sacred Heart Primary School, and the creation of a Catholic Early Learning Centre, all on the Darcy Road site.


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Key Facts


The proposal includes:


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A primary school with capacity for approximately 1,680 students to provide expanded facilities for the existing Mother Teresa Primary School and to accommodate relocation of Sacred Heart Primary School from Ralph Street
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A new Sacred Heart Parish centre to accommodate the relocation of Sacred Heart Parish Church from Ralph Street
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A Catholic Early Learning Centre (fit-out within existing Mother Teresa Primary School building)
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New landscaping

 

 

 

 

Primary School update

 

In September 2019, the Diocese of Parramatta, together with the Marist Brothers Australia and Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, announced the Westmead Catholic Community in response to the needs of the growing Westmead community. As part of this news, it had been decided that the Westmead Catholic primary schools would be designated as Sacred Heart Primary for students from Kindergarten to Year 2, and Mother Teresa Primary for students from Year 3 to 6.

An announcement was made on 29 June 2020 that it has now been decided that after further consultation with the communities, a single primary school would be the best option for the Westmead Catholic Community. Consequently, from 2023, the primary school within the Westmead Catholic Community will be known as Sacred Heart Primary School and will serve students from Kindergarten to Year 6. St Teresa of Calcutta will continue to be honoured, including through the new Mother Teresa Early Learning Centre which will be located on the Darcy Road site.

 

 

 

 

WCC Site Plan 01

WCC Site Plan 02

Westmead Ampitheatre


Westmead Car Park

Westmead From Above

Westmead Photomontage Church


Westmead Photomontage Church and K2

Westmead Planning 01

Westmead Planning 02

 

 

 

 

About the Spaces

Parish

The new church and administration Centre will be located on the corner of Darcy Road and Gate 3 entry (opposite Westmead Private Hospital), to create a prominent and welcoming entry to the Westmead Catholic Community.

The design will accommodate up to 400 seats, family room, community and meeting rooms, chapel and plaza area.The new Administration Centre will support the daily working of the parish and provide extra meeting space for parish events.

The new Sacred Heart Parish centre will enable our Parish to extend our reach further into the community and support those in need. The Church has been designed to enable greater connection to each other and to the natural landscape.

The adaptive re-use of the existing Mother Teresa Primary building will accommodate the Catholic Early Learning Centre with four activity rooms and outdoor play areas. A Resource Centre for community meetings and administration facilities will support teaching and professional staff.

EarlyLearning

A primary school with capacity for approximately 1,680 students - facilities for the existing Mother Teresa Primary and to accommodate the relocation of Sacred Heart Primary from Ralph Street.

  • Each year group is divided into four communities of 60 students, each with two teachers and teachers aides
  • Wall-mounted LCD screens, glass boards and a range of seating styles
  • Integrated, multi-level indoor and outdoor zones for learning and play and natural landscape
  • Dedicated open space on rooftop
  • State-of-the-art learning spaces designed for inquiry based learning.

 

Primary Concept Cross Section
Concept Cross Section

Primary K-2
Indicative Design for K-2

Primary 3-6
Indicative Design for 3-6

 

 

 

 

Traffic and parking

We understand a key concern from the community is traffic and parking. The Project Team are working closely with local transport and traffic authorities, NSW Government and Western Sydney Local Health District to discuss traffic management and transport. Preparation work to support the project including a new three-storey car park and pedestrian access upgrades were approved by City of Parramatta Council in late 2020.

Planning process

The planning application for the new Sacred Heart Parish and primary school facilities has been submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The planning application was on public exhibition from Thursday 2 April to Thursday 30 April 2020 at the Major Projects Planning Portal www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects.

 

 

 

 

Project Timeline | Phase one

 

Complete

MARCH 2020

COMPLETE
State Significant Development Application (SSDA)

MARCH 2020

New K-6 building, Early Learning Centre, and new Parish facilities including church – State Significant Development Application (SSDA) submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The planning application will be on public exhibition from Thursday 2 April until Thursday 30 April 2020. This is available to view and comment at the Major Projects Planning Portal.

Current

APRIL 2020

CURRENT
Public exhibition

APRIL 2020

State Significant Development Application public exhibition period for new K-6 building, Early Learning Centre, and new Parish facilities including church.

Upcoming

LATE 2020

UPCOMING
Preparation for early works

LATE 2020

New K-6 building, Early Learning Centre, and new Parish Church – Possible preparation for early works, subject to further approval. May include demolition of some existing facilities and creation of new play space to allow for new building construction to commence in 2021.

Upcoming

EARLY-MID 2021

UPCOMING
Assessment and determination of SSDA

EARLY-MID 2021

New K-6 building, Early Learning Centre, and new Parish facilities including church – Assessment and determination of State Significant Development Application. Possible beginning of construction of new temporary multi-deck carpark and pick and drop off facilities.

Upcoming

LATE 2022

UPCOMING
Preparation for construction work

LATE 2022

New K-6 building, Early Learning Centre, and new Parish Church – further construction preparation work and possibly commencement of construction of some new buildings for Parish and K-6 school.

 

 

 

 

Get in Touch

 

Contact Us

For further information or to share your ideas, contact us by phone or email:
  (02) 9840 5600
  communityliaison@parra.catholic.edu.au

 

Have Your Say

Parishioners, Parents, students, staff and community will be invited to participate in discussions during consultation during the entire project.

Phase one of consultation was completed in Term 4, 2019.

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