Bishop blesses new Sacred Heart Primary learning area

28/07/2010

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Bishop Anthony blesses the new learning area.
On Friday 23 April, an Opening and Blessing ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Primary, Mount Druitt South to officially open its newly constructed multi-purpose learning area.

The new development was funded by the Primary Schools for the 21st Century program; a component of the Australian Government’s economic stimulus, Building the Education Revolution.

The multi-purpose hall was blessed by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and officially opened by Federal Member for Chifley, The Hon Roger Price MP, representing the Australian Government and executive director of schools, Greg Whitby.

Other special guests included Fr Carl Ashton, parish priest, Fr Paul Mingana, the local Chaldean priest, Sophie Ryan, head of school services, Susan Gresswell and Elizabeth Neale representing the Catholic Education Commission NSW, representatives from architects Thomson Adsett and Cooper Construction and other principals from neighbouring Catholic schools.

The new multi-purpose hall provides a light and airy space for the school community to gather for assemblies and religious ceremonies as well as a diverse range of learning activities such as indoor sports, performing arts and other learning activities that require a large indoor space. The hall also comprises a media room, office space for staff, storage and an adjoining outdoor learning area with a soft fall surface.

Principal Moya McGuiness welcomed families, students and invited guests and thanked the government for the provision of funding.

"This time last year, this area of the school was just another part of the playground," Moya said. "It was hard to imagine then, that we would have such a stimulating learning environment. Our sincere thanks go to the Australian Government for providing the funding to make this dream possible."

In his homily, Bishop Anthony spoke about 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.

"That's why this Opening and Blessing is a significant occasion for you; that's why it is so important in continuing to invest in your school and continue to offer better opportunities for you."

Greg Whitby said the Australian Government was to thank for their generous investment in the education of young Australians.

"We are all here because of the generosity of our Australian government who recognised that we needed funding to build more contemporary learning spaces," Greg said. "Through their support we have an environment in which we can carry on the work we do; to teach our young people.

"Seeing this development today, it is clear we have used the funds wisely and responsibly to build a relevant and engaging environment where our students will continue to learn and grow."

The Hon Roger Price said it was a professional and personal pleasure to be asked to officially open the new building.

"My enthusiasm for this particular construction is not just the opportunities it provides for the school community but also because so many years ago my children attended school here," Mr Price said. "It is my last public appearance as Federal Member for Chifley and I am honoured to have the opportunity for my last public appearance as Federal Member for Chifley to be in a place where my own children were educated."

As well as the $2.5 million in P21 funding, the Sacred Heart also received $150,000 under the National School Pride program, another component of the BER program, to refurbish school buildings and grounds.

The Diocese of Parramatta would like to thank the Australian Government for their generous support.


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