Montfort Secondary underwent PRIME (Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools). PRIME is an MOE initiative to level-up and update the facilities of older school buildings, such as Montfort Secondary School. The total project was estimated to cost $22 million. As a Government-aided school, we needed to raise $2 million, while the Government will cover the remaining amount.
We needed to upgrade our facilities to keep up with infrastructural needs due to recent innovations and initiatives in our education service. The pedagogies we use today are more collaborative in nature, and these require our students to work in collaboration and to be connected to the world of knowledge. These new pedagogies, among other things, require more space. Our current classrooms are optimized more for frontal teaching approaches.
We share how some of these enhancements will directly benefit our teaching and learning programmes.
50% larger classrooms = more space.
This allows for activities and discussions, observer teachers to be present and creative seating plan that will certainly impact the quality of learning that can happen in the classroom.
Larger multi-purpose hall
More opportunities for the boys.
This will accommodate simultaneous school-wide activity and gives additional space for indoor PE lessons particularly when the weather is unbearably warm and when the quality of the outdoor air is not optimum.
Canteen – Larger and Enhanced to a Learning Space
Aside from being able to reduce recess interval time, the canteen doubles up as a learning space; fitted with a projector and screen. During non-interval time, lectures cum café style discussions can be held for up to four classes at a time. This allows us to have more flexible arrangements for learning.
Professional training ground.
This shared facility with Montfort Junior School will allow our boys to play regardless of the season. We have also enhanced the thickness of the field and custom built it for two of our key sports – Rugby and Softball.
Appreciating the Arts.
Our boys will be able to hold more performances: skits, a hip-hop dance or band performances at the outdoor theatre. Our boys will be provided with opportunities to showcase and develop their various talents in the performing arts.
The block that joins both Montfort Secondary and Junior School will now house our common facilities. The Montfort Heritage Gallery will be relocated to that building which will give both Montfort Junior and Secondary direct access to it. The Heritage Gallery will also be re-conceptualized to focus on the life of Montfort, the work of the Brothers in the early years so as to better capture the essence of what it is that make the Montfort Schools special. This stretch also connects the General Offices of both schools, symbolically demonstrating the connection of the nerve centre or the hearts of both schools. Space for the alumni will also be created here together with an existing chapel on the MJS side.