17 Jun Senator Paterson attends opening of Cathedral College centre
A GATHERING of Cathedral College’s 700-plus students in their new multi-purpose centre yesterday spoke volumes about the value of the project.
Students from prep to year 12, along with teachers, staff, parents and guests fitted comfortably into the large space as they celebrated the official opening of the centre, and the nearby senior school precinct.
The opening was attended by Senator for Victoria James Paterson, on behalf of the Federal Government (which provided $400,000 towards the multi-purpose centre), and Rev Peter Laurence, chief executive officer of the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC), which contributed $1.7 million to the multipurpose centre project, and a further $1.5 million to development of the senior school.
Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) and Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) were also in attendance, along with Liberal candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella.
College council chair Mike Noble said the multi-purpose centre, which has been in use since the start of this year, provided a place the entire school community could meet together for formal assemblies, physical education classes and other events – particularly in cold, wet June conditions.
Senator Paterson said he hoped the state-of-the-art facilities provided in the new buildings would inspire students to strive to achieve their best, and equip them with skills needed for jobs of the future.
A large contingent from the Western Australia-based ASC were in attendance at the opening, along with Rev Laurence, who has visited Wangaratta many times since the college came under the commission’s umbrella.
“This is part of the journey of the school; coming from The Close, it has seen enormous growth and change, and a lot has happened,” Rev Laurence said.
“It is exciting to be part of the physical growth of the school, but more importantly, to see the growth of you, the young women and men of this school.
“We put up these buildings with the help of the Federal Government so we can see the growth of you as future leaders of the community.”
Cathedral College principal Adrian Farrer said further building works, which will amount to $3 million being spent at the Murdoch Road campus this year, involve construction of a new science centre, art facility extension, administration area, and student services facility.