Heritage Trail

Jeffrey O Thomas Quadrangle

The Quad is a central hub for our Middle and Senior School students, providing a space for gathering, socialising and celebrating.

Jeffrey O Thomas Quadrangle
Jeffrey O Thomas Quadrangle

In 1960, an open-air quadrangle area was created for assemblies, which in 1999 was covered and reinvigorated as the heart of the School.


Named for Jeffrey O Thomas, who had just retired as chairman of the School Board (1991–99), it included a new canteen on the western side, full-width skylights and, later, glass walls and glassed-in offices. Designed to mimic tertiary institutional spaces, the Quad has been a hub of activity, used for a vast array of student and parent functions including celebrations, dinners and informal daily meetings and gatherings.

Since 2016, its seamless connection to the Centre for Learning and Innovation via a foyer, stairs, IT helpdesk and raked timber amphitheatre has further drawn the community to this space as the centre of the School.

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The Quad in 1956.
The Quad in 1956.
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The reconstruction of the Quad.
The reconstruction of the Quad.
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Jeffrey O Thomas in 1995.
Jeffrey O Thomas in 1995.

This is a stop on Carey's Heritage Trail.

Learn about the Heritage Trail here.

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