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Overlooking Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Wadhurst has the welcoming atmosphere of a small community.

Although Wadhurst and Melbourne Grammar’s Senior School share the same South Yarra campus, Wadhurst is very much a stand-alone facility which has developed its own facilities, timetable and educational program.

In addition to its modern and purpose-built classrooms, Wadhurst has its own assembly hall, science laboratories, sports oval, sport centre, music school, Design Technology Centre, drama and art areas and access to Melbourne Grammar School’s extensive sporting and cultural facilities.

The Nigel Peck Centre for Leadership and Learning (CLL) is the centralised library and resource centre for Wadhurst and Senior School. As well as an extensive print and electronic library collection, the CLL houses the Higgins Theatrette (a lecture theatre with seating for 220 people); an information technology hub; a multimedia centre with audio-recording, editing, viewing and listening facilities; and a gallery and exhibition space.

Housed within the Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership, the Parncutt Library has an extensive collection of 50,000 books and electronic resources, which cover curriculum areas as well as the recreational interests of staff and students. The Library programme encourages and assists students to become independent and skilled information searchers and it also fosters an enjoyment of literature.

The Parncutt Library subscribes to many periodical titles, including daily newspapers, which may be used in the library, and online databases such as Cengage Learning, EbscoHost and ProQuest. Other resources include a wide selection of DVDs for use in the library or for borrowing by VCE students and staff. There are OPACs (Online Public Access Computers) and internet access through the wireless network and fixed points. Library staff, including three Teacher Librarians, are closely involved in curriculum delivery, either through assisting individual students to achieve their learning goals or through working collaboratively with teachers.

The Parncutt Library also houses a Special Collection of books that are of significant historical interest and include books written by Old Melburnians.

The Strickland Physical Education Centre houses a gymnasium with facilities for volleyball, basketball, badminton and table tennis; four tennis courts; a weight training room and an indoor heated swimming pool. Rowing is organised around the School's boathouse on the Yarra River.

Edwin Flack Park on Todd Road in Port Melbourne has a full-sized AFL football/cricket ground; a multi-purpose field suitable for soccer, rugby, cricket or AFL football; and a synthetic hockey pitch with space for nine tennis courts during summer. For evening activities, the hockey pitch can be lit to competition standard, while the remaining two fields have lighting to practice standard. Change rooms, a pavilion and clubhouse are also included on the site.

Edwin Flack Park is named for the School’s first Olympian and Australia’s first gold medal winner, who attended the first Games of the modern era in 1896 at Mount Olympus in Greece.

Situated at the corner of Domain and St. Kilda Roads, the Wadhurst Music School includes instrumental tutorial rooms, a music classroom, rehearsal room, percussion room and offices for Music staff.

The Wadhurst Music School was opened on 31 March 1989 by Melbourne pianist Ronald Farren-Price.

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