BLESS THIS BUILDING: Parish priest Father Rex Hackett, left, helps vicar for education, the Reverend Dr Frank Devoy, bless McAu
BLESS THIS BUILDING: Parish priest Father Rex Hackett, left, helps vicar for education, the Reverend Dr Frank Devoy, bless McAu

McAuley?s Clarenza dream almost complete

By EMMA CORNFORD ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

AFTER months of planning and construction, stage three of the Clarenza McAuley Catholic College campus was yesterday officially opened.

It was a morning which celebrated the opening of the new library, computer rooms and classrooms, but also gave students, teachers and guests a chance to reflect on the history and values of the school.

Congregation leader of the Grafton Sisters of Mercy, Sister Barbara Bolster, spoke about Catherine McAuley, after whom the school was named, and the group of Sisters who started the educational establishment as a school for ladies in 1884.

McAuley Catholic College principal Gerry Crooks said the reaction to the new blocks had been 'outstanding'.

"The library is a wonderful resource for the school and I think the kids really enjoy having somewhere to sit quietly and read and the research facilities they have there are tremendous," he said.

It seems students agree. Year eight students Jacob Port and Aaron Cheel said they were impressed with the new blocks.

"The computers are all new in there which makes it like high tech education," they said.

One stage remains before the construction is complete. All students, teachers and staff will relocate to the Clarenza campus from next term.



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