9. Gabriel Centre
The Gabriel Centre consists of the Lower Gabriel Centre, constructed in 1977 and the Upper Gabriel Centre which was added in 1990.
In 1976, under the guidance of Headmistress Jennifer Shaw, it was decided a distinction needed to be drawn between students in the junior years and those in ‘college’ – many of whom were young adults, already old enough to vote. With help from the government, the School was able to finance the development of the Gabriel Centre and, with building completed in May 1977, it made it a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School.
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A double storey extension to the Gabriel Centre was completed in 1990, housing six new classrooms, a staff room, a Year 11-12 common area with enclosed patio and a careers room. The technology in the existing lecture theatre was upgraded to create a multimedia theatre with state of the art audio visual equipment.
In 2016, classrooms in the Gabriel Centre are generally used for geography and Asian studies while the common room creates a ‘college style atmosphere’ for senior students.
The views from the second storey of the building rival some of the best in Canberra, overlooking Parliament House to the north and the Brindabellas to the south west.
The Gabriel Centre was one of the first school buildings established through generous financial support from the Grammarians Association and the Gabriel Foundation.