The opening was attended by Assistant Director for the Catholic Schools Office, Mr Paul Greaves, Senator Jim Molan, on behalf of the Federal Government and Vicar General of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Fr Andrew Doohan.
“For thousands of years, libraries have been a major source of knowledge – they have always played a significant role in learning,” said Assistant Principal, Stephen Dunn.
“For centuries, libraries were places where scholars had access to a wealth of knowledge and they could learn from great thinkers and practitioners in every field.
“Our library is a hive of activity – both inside and outside of class time.
“I know our students love it. I know our teachers love it. But more importantly, I know that each day great learning takes place within it.”
Designed by SHAC Architects, the inspirational learning facility features two floors.
The lower ground floor accommodates a designated research area and houses the non-fiction collection, seminar room and research pods. The upstairs entry level features circulation and reference desks, another teaching space and a substantial fiction collection.
It also provides a space for students to collaborate together on projects such as the school newspaper, mock trial and debating preparation, STEM projects and other collaborative tasks set by teachers. Educational staff can also utilise the space for their own development and learn more about delivering targeted literacy, ICT and information skills lessons.
The contemporary learning space is not only an important investment in the education of students, but is also a cultural hub for a variety of social, professional, creative and recreational activities. This gives students the opportunity to connect with other students around shared interests.
A place where students can not only further their learning, the new library is a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment that gives students access to uninterrupted thinking time and provides a space where they know they can go and always feel supported.
“In this digital age, you are being constantly bombarded with information and as a Catholic school we want you to become a fully functioning independent learner who can make good judgements about information,” said Paul Greaves during the opening.
“With so much information available to you now, these are incredibly important skills. And it is your own library where these things are best understood and are most available to you.
“Libraries are at the heart of learning, and this library is at the heart of learning in this school.”
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a tour and experience the new facility.