New school for Clarenza


YESTERDAY it was just a treelined open field, but by May next year it will house the secondary school students of The Cathedral School.

When Grafton Diocese Bishop Keith Slater turned the first sod of the new development at Clarenza early yesterday, he ushered in a new era for the school.

The $4million Centenary Drive development, which began yesterday and is due for completion in May 2006, is part of a multi-staged construction which will eventually house up to 500 students.

As part of the first stage, classrooms, music, technology and science facilities will be built, as well as a library, canteen, an administration block and a full-sized rugby pitch.

Bus bays, parking and amenities will also be developed.

TCS principal Reverend Chris Ivey said the project was a big step forward.

"It's a very important step for the school," he said.

"It's been a long time in the making so it's very exciting for everyone concerned."

Rev Ivey said the project came about after a small grant from the Federal Government and borrowings from the Grafton Diocesan Investment Fund.

He said the move was necessary because of space restrictions at the school's current site in Victoria Street, Grafton.

He said high school students would move to the new school from term two next year, while the primary school would stay where it is.

He said secondary students would be housed at the Sisters of Mercy classrooms in Victoria Street for term one.

But a new school is not the only thing changing at TCS.

From next year, the school will be known as Clarence Valley Anglican School.

"We decided on the change because we will no longer be next door to the Cathedral and also because it better reflects the Valley-wide appeal of the school," he said.

Rev Ivey said although the name would change uniforms, mail details and phone numbers would remain.

He said the school would also launch a new web site,, from next year.

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