The Brooke Nicholas Pavilion: The Story Behind
A school means people. Students, staff, and their families become part of the fabric and spirit that is Yarra Valley Grammar. This is how the School has nurtured a persevering identity over much time and change. Every person is invited into the good work of past generations, and can contribute to an ongoing story. The Brooke Nicholas Pavilion illustrates this ideal: it is a specialised building, presently both a sports pavilion and a formal function centre, dedicated to two significant people who have been formative to the School.
Nicholas Brooke and Richard Nicholas were both Foundation students of the School at its inception in 1966 and have been long-time members of the School Board. Both headed the campaign for a multi-purpose building beside the Patterson Oval.
This project, twenty years in the making, represents the shared telling of the School’s story. It showcases the major custodians of Yarra: the 135 Foundation students, the School Board, past and present parents and staff.
A collaborative venture, it communicates an idea that has existed in the cultural language of the School since the beginning – the community becomes your village.Today, the Pavilion is the central hub of sporting events and community gatherings.
It hosts both casual and formal functions, such as reunions, luncheons and morning teas. Perched atop the Patterson Oval, it offers spectators the chance to embody the school’s motto - levavi oculos - to lift up their eyes to see the beautiful panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range.