Joy Block Plans Unveiled, Work to Start this Month

Construction of Aquinas’ new Joy Block, which features state-of-the-art facilities for the Visual Arts, Music and Drama block, starts this month.

It will be built between the Prayer Block and the Gymnasium. Work will begin June 24 and is expected to run until late February 2025. Architectural impressions of the build can be seen below. 

This new building will support the roll growth of the college, ensuring Aquinas can accommodate our expanding student body. Last year, the Ministry of Education approved a phased-in increase to Aquinas student enrolment. From this year, the roll will gradually rise to 950 students by 2027, up from the current maximum of 780.

The Joy Block project is one of several Aquinas building developments announced by Aquinas Principal Matt Dalton today. 

“This is an exciting time for Aquinas College as we embark on these transformative projects that will enhance our learning environment and support our mission to provide a high-quality Catholic education,” he said.

These projects include:

Family Block Redevelopment:

Currently used for art and technology, the block will undergo a comprehensive redevelopment to better serve technology learning. It will also include new general teaching spaces. Work will begin once the Joy Block is completed.

Administration Block Redevelopment:

Phase two of this project will connect the Student Wellness Services area to the Student Hub, ensuring all of our student services are together in one area of the school in a functional and inviting space.

Scholarship Block Redevelopment:

Plans are being developed to upgrade our science facilities and expand the science laboratories.