Lilian Nixon’s vision and foresight can be seen by her decision to purchase the tree filled four acres of land in Flower Road. A century of students, who have spent their girlhood in these premises and have savored the beauty of these tree filled spaces bless Ms Nixon for it.
“Ms Opie expanded the premises and she and succeeding principals constructed many new buildings as the need arose, but without compromising the beauty of their surroundings….. All this has resulted in a school made up of dedicated learning and recreational spaces – a visually rich, inspiring environment in which to learn. When you step in through the gates of Ladies College and look around, you see the school chapel with its Moorish facade and Kandyan roof, the pillared colonial Copelston corridor and the sleek design of the school Hall. A mixture of the old and new, the quaint and the daring, mingling together in perfect charm and harmony, bringing the true flavour of Ladies College at a glance. The buildings are monuments that speak of all the stages of the school’s life from its humble beginnings and its steady growth”. School Magazine
“When I was a child I did not realize the simple beauty of the school, but growing up, there left a stream of memories acted out in very specific spaces. The architecture emulated a way of living in airy buildings, through breezy corridors with a glimpse of lush and beautiful foliage that was suited to our climate and our social interactions. Now as I walk through this familiar landscape, this institution that was carefully planned through the past century to give children an intimate environment to live and work in, I feel I did fully live and work in this environment. As our homes become smaller and our cities become more crowded, as we move into apartments and learn to live without gardens, our school will remain in our memories as a special place that gave us an expansive knowledge of beauty and a way of life in a tropical island culture” – Learning spaces Ladies College 1900 – 2000