Bishop Manning blesses school's new hall

10/09/2010

Most Rev Bishop Manning DD
Most Rev Bishop Manning DD blesses the new St Bonaventure Multi-purpose Hall at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kellyville.

Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta, Most Rev Kevin Manning DD, has blessed Our Lady of the Rosary Primary's new multi-purpose hall, at the opening of the Building the Education (BER) project at the Kellyville school.

Officially opened on Monday 6 September by Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby and Federal Senator Doug Cameron, the St Bonaventure Multi-purpose Hall is a striking, architecturally-designed, flexible space that will accommodate a range of learning activities, whole school gatherings and will also serve as a venue for parish group activities.

The project received $3 million funding under the Australian Government’s Primary Schools for the 21st century (P21) initiative, part of the BER Program. In addition to the P21 funding, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary also received $200,000 under the National School Pride program (another component of the BER program) for the refurbishment of learning spaces, installation of a PA system and an electrical power supply upgrade to better accommodate technology within the school.

Retiring principal, Pat Mervin, who oversaw the project, said the hall has enabled greater collaboration, better access to technology, and a space for community use.

"Our new multi-purpose hall enables us to teach and learn in a more collaborative manner," Pat said. "The students now have greater access to digital technologies and an appropriate venue for creative arts performances, indoor sports and whole school assemblies as well as other celebrations involving the parish community."

'Heart of the school community'

The St Bonaventure Multi-purpose Hall at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kellyville
The St Bonaventure Multi-purpose Hall at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kellyville

Special guests at the official opening and blessing of St Bonaventure Multi-purpose Hall included Federal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish’s assistant priest Fr Paschal Corby, Darug tribe elder Aunty Betty Watson, the school's foundation principal Sr Carmelita Cassar, Architect from PMDL Architecture & Design Paul Freeman and representatives from ADCO Constructions.

Our Lady of the Rosary Primary assistant principal Mark Devlin welcomed families, students and invited guests before Bishop Manning spoke about the value of Catholic schools and the opportunities they provide for students.

"Catholic schools are a place where you can grow; where you learn to be a good person and to fulfil your responsibilities as a member of the community; where you learn to appreciate and get along with people from different countries and cultures; and where you come to meet Jesus and learn to live and love like He did," Bishop Manning said.

Greg Whitby thanked the Australian Government for the significant investment in the education of young Australians.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which has greatly assisted the Parramatta Diocese to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for every child,"Greg said. "Through the support of the Australian Government we have been able to build relevant and engaging environments, like this one, where our students will continue to learn and grow."

Before officially opening the multi-purpose hall, Senator Cameron praised the local school community for their involvement in the project.

"This is a great facility. I hope it becomes the heart of your school community," Senator Cameron said. "I thank and commend you for all your efforts in creating this wonderful space."

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