Discovery Centre and Sustainability Centre

Belonging to their Future

We are delighted to announce the proposed new development - the Discovery Precinct including the Discovery Centre and Sustainability Centre. The precinct will be developed by St Philip's College on our main campus.


The Discovery Centre and Sustainability Centre will continue the vision of St Philip’s College Founder, Fred McKay who insisted children in Central Australia would have access to high quality education.

The ‘Discovery Precinct’ will enhance our commitment to improving educational outcomes and alleviating social disadvantage, as it provides multipurpose learning spaces for students to develop and discover their skills and talents.


The Discovery Centre will better allow our students to access the curriculum through the use of technology and in an environment not available elsewhere in the school or the region.
- Principal Roger Herbert

When looking at education in the future, John Dewey’s words come to mind, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow”. 

Education is an evolutionary journey, and in 2018, St Philip’s College adopted the Round Square Discovery Framework as its curriculum for the Middle School.

This captures and describes the spirit of a learner who is developing and exhibiting competencies and attitudes in relation to each of the six Round Square IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service).

The framework connects with twelve Discoveries that students make on their learning journey - inquisitiveness, tenacity, courage, compassion, inventiveness, ability to solve problems, self-awareness, sense of responsibility, appreciation the need for diversity, commitment to sustainability, communication and team-working skills.

The specially designed programmes will give students tangible value, and the ‘Discovery Precinct’ including the Sustainable Agriculture Centre will be a conduit to assist St Philip’s College and community based organisations work to improve the educational outcomes of regional and remote Australian students, which in turn assists in alleviating social disadvantage.

Read more about the Discovery Precinct and Sustainability Centre in the latest issue of the Outback Achiever magazine.

For further information about the Discovery Precinct and Sustainable Agriculture Centre please contact:

Mr Paul Bailey
Development, Enterprise & Foundation Manager

St Philip's College
PO Box 33
Alice Springs NT 0871

Ph: (08) 8950 4577
E: paul.bailey@stphilips.nt.edu.au