The stage was set with musicians, singers, Gospel and Candle, and commemorative plaques as the St Peter Claver College community and distinguished guests Blessed and officially opened the Champagnat Building and the Marian Centre.
These two buildings are spaces in which we gather, create, celebrate and collaborate. The Champagnat Building is home to the College's Administration and Leadership teams and public Reception area, while the Marian Centre is a hub for all student services.
SPCC Principal Terry Finan said the two buildings were only the start of great developments to come for the College.
“These marvelous buildings provide collaborative and flexible spaces that allow our staff to be able to deliver the best possible education to our students."
“The buildings were Phase 1 of the College's Master Plan, with the Phase 2 extension and refurbishment of the Multipurpose Centre completed earlier this year. Phases 3 and 4 will commence in Term 3 with new Industrial Design and Technology classrooms and a Performing Arts Precinct."
Distinguished guests at the Wednesday 2 June 2021 Blessing and Civil Ceremony were:
Highlights from the Blessing and Civil Ceremony included a Liturgy of the Word conducted by Bishop Ken Howell and Father Thomas Varkey; Smoking Ceremony and Welcome Dances performed by Chris and Jahmarley Dawson along with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student dancers; and recollections from BCE Executive Director Pam Betts about teaching at Claver during her early career.
The Champagnat Building was constructed and the Marian Centre was refurbished across 2018-2019. The project was jointly funded by the Archdiocesan Development Fund ($3.8 million) and the College ($1.7 million).
Initial plans for a Blessing and official opening in 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
PHOTO: The new Champagnat Building and refurbished Marian Centre were officially Blessed and opened by SPCC Principal Terry Finan, BCE Executive Director Pam Betts, Bishop Ken Howell and Lance McCallum MP on Wednesday 2 June 2021.