Bishop blesses new Katoomba school facilities at St Canice’s


Bishop Anthony blesses the new facilities at St Canice's Katoomba
Bishop Anthony blesses the new facilities at St Canice's Katoomba.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, has blessed the newly opened refurbished library and classrooms at St Canice’s Primary in Katoomba on Monday 16 August.

The project received $850,000 funding under the Australian Government’s Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) initiative, part of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) Program.

The BER funding enabled St Canice’s to refurbish its existing library to incorporate an adjoining conservatory. The school also transformed its learning spaces by opening up the rooms and linking them with much larger doorways.

The refurbished spaces were blessed by Bishop Anthony and officially opened by Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby and Member for Macquarie, Bob Debus MP.

Other special guests included State Member for the Blue Mountains, Phil Koperberg MP; St Canice’s parish priest, Fr John Smith; Darug tribe elder, Chris Tobin; Parent and Friends group chairperson, Chrissy Payne and representatives from Midson Construction.

St Canice’s principal Paul Devlin said the BER funding had enabled the school to create a comfortable and stimulating learning environment for the students.

“The flexibility of these environments enables the teachers to use many types of learning styles and groupings, maximising the learning experience and outcomes for the students,” Mr Devlin said.

During the opening ceremony, Bishop Anthony spoke of the value of Catholic schools and the opportunities they provide to students.

A Catholic school is a place where you can develop your skills and knowledge, where you can fulfil your need to be well educated; a place where you can develop virtues of good citizens and learn how to fulfil your responsibilities as a member for the community; and a place where you can encounter Jesus Christ, where you can learn to love as he did and where you can get the strength to share in the mission of Jesus Christ and the Church,” Bishop Anthony said.

As well as the $850,000 in P21 funding, St Canice’s Primary also received $75,000 under the National School Pride program, another component of the BER program, to refurbish school buildings and grounds.

New BER facilities blessed at Lalor Park and South Penrith

Monday’s opening and blessing in Katoomba follows two recent similar ceremonies at St Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park and at Mary MacKillop Primary School, South Penrith.

On Thursday 5 August, an opening and blessing ceremony was held at St Bernadette’s Primary to officially open its new $2 million state-of-the art learning spaces.

Blessed by Bishop Anthony, the refurbished classrooms were officially opened by Greg Whitby and State Member for Toongabbie, Nathan Rees.

Other special guests included Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Cr Charlie Lowles; head of school services, Catholic Education Office, Sophie Ryan; St Bernadette’s parish priest, Fr Andrew Robinson; and Darug elder, Uncle Greg Simms.

Mary MacKillop Primary School officially opened its new $2.5 million multi-purpose hall and outdoor learning space on Friday 6 August.

The new facilities were blessed by Bishop Anthony and officially opened by Greg Whitby and Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury MP.

Other special guests included State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres; Penrith City Councillor Jim Aitken; St Nicholas of Myra parish assistant priest, Fr Sunny Poovathumkudy; Mary MacKillop’s Parent and Friends president, Lee Hooker and representatives from Thomson Adsett Architects.

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