29th June 2020

Benefits of Salesian Technology Centre are Apparent in Learning

The Salesian Technology Centre, a Master Plan project that upgraded Nagle College’s Technology facilities, was competed and opened to staff and students at the start of the 2019 academic year. Incorporated into this new build are contemporary spaces to explore learning opportunities in design technology – wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and food. Additionally, Stage Two of this project which includes a new Hall entry, new change rooms, a Physical Education (PE) staff room and a PE theory room, opened at the start of Term 2, 2019.

After a year of use, we asked staff to explain how working and learning in the new space has changed. Teachers had a surprising answer, “The acoustic treatment is fantastic – we now have some of the quietest classes in the school.” Quieter classes have seen an increase in students focus as they are  less distracted by outside noise. Additionally, the clean and modern spaces have remained immaculate. The way Nagle students care for their classroom space has translated into greater care in students’ work. 

Students and staff are also enjoying some of the best heating and cooling available at Nagle – a nice change from classrooms that used to house our Technology classes. Students are less concerned with temperature and are able to remain focussed on the task at hand. 

Staff have also benefitted from the new centre. Consolidating four offices into one means staff now engage daily and are more cohesive as a Department. 

Nagle College has been able to showcase this new space during Design & Technology Week, Fresh Art VII, the Official Blessing and Opening, and more. We look forward to using this new space for many years to come.