Senior BDC students benefit from a brand new building dedicated to Mr David Ford

Monday, 22 May 2023

Bishop Druitt College opened and dedicated a new building named The David Ford Centre, and renamed and rededicated the Win Howard Building. 

The opening and rededication were held on Friday 19 May at Bishop Druitt College at The David Ford Centre.

BDC Principal Nick Johnstone said that the buildings provide senior students at BDC with an inclusive and innovative learning environment, somewhere they can study in comfort, strategise, meet with their Careers Pathways Coach and teachers, and develop their senior works. 

"Our new David Ford Centre will be our senior students' hub. It will not only enhance their academic experience but also provide opportunities for collaboration, leadership, and personal growth. We believe that this investment in our senior students will have a positive impact on their future success and we are excited to see the benefits it will bring to our school community."

The David Ford Centre is named in honour of Mr Ford, the current Chair of Bishop Druitt College Council, who has made a significant contribution and connection to the school over a variety of roles for almost 30 years.

The Win Howard Building is rededicated in honour of Mr Howard. Mr Howard served as a member of Bishop Druitt College Council for 19 years, with 13 of those years as its Chair. 

The two-storey Win Howard Building contains a common room for Year 10 and Year 11 students, classrooms, specialist Language spaces, a hospitality facility, a STEM laboratory and a state-of-the-art Business Services Centre.

Mr Howard’s contribution to the college included the incredible growth phase of the early to mid 2000s where the school grew from hundreds to over one thousand students and this was achieved while still reflecting the values of a progressive inclusive Christian community.

Both buildings are designed to provide a modern and flexible learning environment for students, equipped with the latest technology and facilities. They are part of Bishop Druitt College's commitment to providing an excellent education for all students, and they will support the school's mission of nurturing students to become confident and responsible individuals who can contribute to the community and are world prepared.

Bishop Druitt College Principal, Nick Johnstone, said "We are thrilled to open these new facilities, which will provide our students with the best possible learning environment. The David Ford Centre and the Win Howard Building represent a significant investment in our school and our community, and we are grateful to everyone who has supported these projects."