“Today is a great day for learning, let’s celebrate it and be proud of Catholic education in Lochinvar,” said Director of Schools, Dr Michael Slattery during the opening of the new building at St Patrick’s.
Attended by Bishop Bill, Father Paul O’Neill, local members including, Meryl Swanson MP, the Sisters of St Joseph and students, staff and members of the school community, the official opening of St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar also included a blessing of stage one of their major building works.
The day started with an acknowledgment of country and the singing of the National Anthem, and with those present welcomed by Assistant Principal and Master of Ceremonies, Mr Dennis Nolan.
“The opening of these buildings marks the first step in our journey of transformation as we build facilities to accommodate our contemporary approach to learning and our growth in student numbers,” said Mr Nolan.
Following an address from the Principal of St Patrick’s, Jacqueline Wilkinson, Dr Slattery officially opened the school’s new chapter.
“As I drove here today, I reflected on the history of Catholic education in the Lochinvar region. How the humble but important beginnings have led to what we see today, said Dr Slattery.
“I thank the parent community for choosing Catholic education and for your belief in what we provide.”
After blessing those present and the classroom crosses carried by St Patrick’s students, Bishop Bill – together with Fr Paul and accompanied by the singing of the school choir - left the hall to bless the new classrooms
The new development houses flexible, engaging and adaptive learning spaces for Kindergarten and Year 1 students, as well as new administration and staff facilities.
Students at St Patrick’s are also experimenting with contemporary teaching and learning approaches in their current rooms, including the use of managed device projects. These see Year 4, 5 and 6 students integrate technology into their learning on a regular basis, giving them the skills to succeed as they progress into the neighbouring high school at St Joseph’s College.
Photography by Amanda Skehan and Sharon Crossingham.