New life for Bishop Chambers HouseDoug Conway
From hospital to exam centre
It was a hospital and a nursing home before becoming Trinity’s boarding house. Now Bishop Chambers House has begun its latest incarnation – as a dedicated examinations centre.
The specially refurbished building had its full initiation during the Year 12 trial exams for both the HSC and the IB Diploma in August.
The School provided breakfast for students in Chapel Way on the first few days, both to encourage Year 12 students to park on or close to the campus, and to acknowledge the opening of the new exam centre.
Brad Barr, Deputy Head Master Summer Hill, described the centre as quiet, bright, temperature-controlled and ideal for exams.
“The short stroll down will hopefully be a nice way to decompress,” he said.
Bishop Chambers House, at 61–63 Prospect Road, is less than 500 metres from the main campus and can be reached within eight minutes by foot.
“It will be a tremendous asset for us over the next few years as the Renewal Project constrains some of our operations at the Summer Hill campus,” said Head Master Tim Bowden.
“But we are hopeful that it will work well as an examination centre for many years to come.”
Students and parents have been advised there are two ways to get to the exam centre.
Those travelling by public transport or walking from a local residence may make their way directly there.
Those driving, cycling, receiving a lift to school or catching school buses must go to the main campus first and then walk via Chapel Way.
Students who drive have been advised not to park on Prospect Road or surrounding streets; they must park on the main campus or as close as possible to it.
Students are not required to sign into the main campus before making their way to the exam centre.
It will be open for students from 7.50 am for a morning examination and 40 minutes prior to an afternoon examination.
Mr Barr reminded students to be considerate of neighbours as they strolled to and from the centre.
The building was named after the man who founded the School in 1913, Rev G. A. Chambers, who was a teacher before becoming a clergyman.