The Agora Gardens works are now underway! Watch this space for further updates as the project continues.
The word ‘Agora’ (pronounced ‘ah-go-RAH’) comes from the Greek for an ‘open place of assembly’ or 'gathering place'. Within the Dominican tradition, gathering together as a community is integral to the flourishing of life and interconnectedness. The Agora Gardens will be a space where friendship, laughter, exchange and ease support the wellbeing of our students, as well as being a place of beauty.
After arriving at the small dwelling known as Siena Convent in 1926, the Dominican Sisters officially opened the new convent and school in 1939. Cottages along the Riversdale Road frontage were procured in the late 1940s and from these humble beginnings our College was established. The Sisters made important and far reaching decisions for the future of our College. Philip Roff and Associates were commissioned to develop a master plan with the aim of maintaining the highest educational standards. 'Central to these initiatives is an immediate need for additional funds which will not only make the restructuring possible, but also ensure that Siena College will be able to fulfil its aims in our rapidly changing world'. The current facilities at Siena College are due to their incredible foresight.
Funds raised from the Butterfly Campaign in 2016 have provided for further building works, including the recent refurbishment of the West Wing Performing Arts Centre, Undercroft, Convent and Agora Gardens.
Thank you to our Siena community for so generously supporting our Be All You Can Be giving day campaign in 2019. We were overwhelmed with the response as we surpassed our target of $80,000 to reach an incredible $111,326! The 2019 Be All You Can Be campaign has established our Equity Scholarship Fund.
The campaign has now ended but you can still donate to our Scholarship Fund at any time via the form below, or contact Tracey Grobbelaar, Director of Development and Community Relations at email@example.com to discuss giving to Siena.
We continue to plan for our future by securing surrounding properties and improving our facilities. Fees alone cannot fund development of new facilities in our ever changing educational landscape. The Gonski 2.0 funding model, adopted by the Government, will see Government funding reduced to Siena College. This places far greater emphasis on the raising of private income and it is therefore imperative that we continue to develop a culture of philanthropy to ensure we are providing for the future. To assist us further we have launched a bequest society. Our patron is past student, Professor Anne-Maree Kelly (Class of 1977). Click here for further information on bequests.
As a Catholic secondary school in the Dominican tradition, we are grateful for the generosity of our parents, alumnae, staff, students and friends of Siena College who support our vision for now and the future.
The Siena College community makes a difference through Annual Giving, Bequests, Capital Appeals and our Equity Scholarship Fund.