New Buildings Officially Blessed and Opened

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:

  • The Most Reverend Ken Howell, Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane and Vicar General.
  • Reverend Fr Thomas Varkey, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Booval.
  • Pam Betts, Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education.
  • Aunty Ruth Moffatt and Uncle Joe Kirk, Elders of our community.
  • Chris Dawson, who performed the Smoking Ceremony.
  • Mark Elliot, Regional Director of Marist Schools Australia.
  • Lance McCallum MP, State Member for Bundamba.
  • Cr Marnie Doyle, Ipswich City Council Division 3.
  • Cr Andrew Fechner, Ipswich City Council Division 3.
  • Madonna Oliver, Media and Community Liaison, representing Shayne Neumann Federal Member for Blair.
  • Liz Sherret, Relationship Manager of Archdiocesan Development Fund.
  • Martina Millard and Paul Lesson, Progress and Performance Leaders Brisbane Catholic Education.
  • The past and present Principals of our Catholic schools and all BCE staff present.
  • Bob Cullen, the founding Principal of St Peter Claver College.

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.