Bishop blesses Diocese's newest school

19/11/2010

Our Lady of the Rosary Primary Opening and Blessing News Story
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Priest Fr Warren Edwards during the blessing of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary in Rouse Hill.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, has blessed the newest school in the Diocese, Our Lady of the Angels Primary in Rouse Hill, at its official opening on Friday 12 November.

Our Lady of the Angels new facilities were opened by Relieving Executive Director of Schools Sue Walsh and Our Lady of the Angels Parish Priest Fr Warren Edwards.

Other special guests included Federal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke MP, State Member for Hawkesbury Ray Williams MP, Darug tribe elder Aunty Edna Watson, representatives from PMDL Architecture and Design and Coleman and Fairburn builders, as well as Principals and Assistant Principals from surrounding Catholic schools.

Our Lady of the Angels Primary has been operating since February this year with 62 Kindergarten to Year 2 students. The new facilities include air-conditioned learning spaces, multi-purpose learning centres and extensive outdoor spaces, such as a full-sized playing field and large sealed area with shade cover. The learning spaces are equipped with the latest technology, including data projectors and interactive whiteboards, laptops and flip video cameras to support the school’s innovative approach to learning and teaching.

The $5 million project received $1.9 from the Commonwealth Capital Grants Fund, with the remainder provided by through the Parramatta diocesan school building levy and the Catholic community.

'A place to meet Jesus and grow in his friendship'

Our Lady of the Rosary Primary Opening and Blessing News Story
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary students.
During the ceremony, Our Lady of Angel’s Principal, Eva La Rocca, spoke about the process of establishing the school thanked the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, the local community and the Australian Government.

"The Parramatta Diocese recognised the need to build a new primary school to serve the growing population in the newly established and fast growing Parish of Rouse Hill," Eva said.

"So here we are, our lovely new school. It’s truly wonderful, but none of this bears any significance compared with that which is most precious and most important and that is the people that make up our school community - the staff, the parents and of course, the students.

"I would also like to acknowledge the Federal Government of Australia for their contribution towards this project through Commonwealth capital grants."

In his address, Bishop Anthony spoke of the value of Catholic schools and explained to the students that they are just the first of many who will benefit from the quality Catholic education provided by Our Lady of the Angels Primary.

"A Catholic school is a place where you grow up and become a well-educated and well-rounded person," Bishop Anthony said. "Most of all a Catholic school is a place where you meet Jesus, grow in his friendship and learn to live and love like he did.

"We know that this is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia today and you pioneers will soon be followed by hundreds more children. That’s why we are so excited to be opening these new facilities today."

Relieving Executive Director of Schools Sue Walsh said that she felt privileged to open the school’s new facilities.

"Our Lady of the Angels is a 21st century school which has been built specifically around what children need to learn and what teachers need to teach, today," Sue said.

"These wonderful facilities are very important to our Catholic learning communities – they provide an environment for a special kind of education – one that is relevant, engaging, student centred, collaborative, and most of all, Christ centred."

To end the ceremony the students performed their new school song, OLA.

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