Opening and Blessing

At John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School (JSR) we recently celebrated our Opening and Blessing Service for two new buildings. The Michelle Bolt Early Learning Centre and The Bromilow Learning Centre were officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy AO DD.


The service was attended by key stakeholders involved in the building program, including Hames Sharley Architects and Builders from EMCO. In addition, we welcomed ASC Principals, Members of Parliament, current and past School Council members and most importantly, family members from the building namesake, the Bolt and Bromilow families. 

The Michelle Bolt Early Learning Centre and the Bromilow Learning Centre bear names that are not arbitrarily chosen but rather steeped in the rich tapestry of history and tradition that defines the essence of JSR. These names hold a profound tribute to the legacy of the school’s former Beechboro campus, where the Michelle Bolt Library and the Michael Bromilow Centre once stood as symbolic pillars of knowledge and community. By enshrining these names, we pay homage to the remarkable contributions and indelible mark left by Mrs Michelle Bolt and the Bromilow family, who steadfastly championed the school in our formative years.

Michelle Bolt
Mrs Michelle Bolt served on the JSR School Council between 1990 and 1994 and then again after a short recess, between 1995 and 2006, a total of 15 years. Before joining the School Council, Michelle served as the President of the school’s Parents and Friends Association and presided over the organisation of the inaugural JSR Fete. She played a pivotal and influential role during the school’s formative years, contributing significantly to developing our staff and parent culture.
Michelle’s legacy remains a shining example of dedication to our school community epitomised by her unwavering service.
New Buildings at JSRACS: The Bolt Family
The Bolt Family
The Bromilow Family
Mr Michael Bromilow was the Chairman of the JSR School Council between May 1991 and February 1993. Michael relinquished his position as the Chair of Council in February 1993 and was appointed Director of the Anglican Schools Commission, a position in which he served until December 2000.

Michael’s wife Von was a member of the School Council between 2005 and 2019, contributing significantly over those 14 years. Von showed a fervent motivation to strengthen the school’s Anglican Ethos and traditions while being responsive and ever-focused on meeting the needs of our local community.

We honour the legacies of Michelle Bolt and the Bromilow Family with these significant community contributions in mind. 
New Buildings at JSRACS: The Bromilow Family
The Bromilow Family
The Building Project
The building project commenced in January 2022. However, the journey from concept to completion was fraught with unforeseen challenges. We grappled with unexpected global supply chain issues, navigating supply shortages and delays in the delivery of materials vital to construction. The challenges we faced not only tested our resolve but also strengthened our bonds as a community.
The School community acknowledges the profound significance of these buildings. They transcend mere steel and concrete; they symbolise hope, knowledge, and boundless potential. Within these walls, students will find not only classrooms but spaces where their dreams take flight and curiosity is ignited. Strangers will become acquaintances, and, in turn, acquaintances become friends.
They will discover teachers and education assistants who inspire and challenge them, as well as opportunities that stretch their imagination beyond the confines of their textbooks and laptops.
We remember Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Together, the John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School community is committed to harnessing the power of education to shape a brighter, more promising future for all.

You can see timelapse videos of the  building of The Michelle Bolt Early Learning Centre and the Bromilow Learning Centre on Linkedin.


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