The official opening and dedication of Research Centre and Chapel



The official opening of the Yarra Valley Grammar Research Centre and Dedication of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit was conducted by His Grace, Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia on Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The ceremony was held in two parts in order to accommodate invited guests, school students and staff. The opening of the building was conducted at a secondary school assembly in the George Wood Performing Arts Centre. This was followed by a Dedication service in the Chapel and morning tea for invited guests.

The new chair of Yarra Valley Grammar’s Board, Mr Andrew Hirst opened the proceedings with a welcome and acknowledgement of the outgoing chair, Mrs Sarah Tipping for all the work she had done to guide the concept of the new building into reality. His Grace, Dr Freier formally unveiled the official plaque amid great audience excitement. The Yarra Valley Grammar student orchestra provided a magical performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to entertain both guests and students alike.

The Research Centre incorporates a new library, classrooms and open learning spaces as well as a new reception area. It also features a rooftop garden complete with a reflective pool, barbecue area and seating for classes or functions. Stunning views out to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong ranges guarantee that this will be a popular venue for functions for the Yarra Valley Grammar community of the past, present and future.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful space in the same building, overlooking the school grounds and the surrounding hills, and has the capacity to hold up to 180 people. The stunning timber cross features prominently as does the beautiful full restored organ that was a generous gift from Brighton Baptist Church. The Chaplain’s lectern was designed and made by a Year 12 Art & Design student from the Class of 2018, Desi Fei. The Chapel was formally dedicated by His Grace, Dr Freier and will be a beautiful place for reflection and celebration of faith.



Established in the heart of Melbourne’s east in 1966 and set on a spacious 30-hectare campus, Yarra Valley Grammar overlooks […]

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