First sod turned
Construction is under way on St Mary’s College’s new state-of-theart administration building.
The first sod of soil was turned on Monday afternoon as builders started to peg out the area to begin the build.
College principal Peter Kelly said the school had used the same administration building since the primary and secondary schools amalgamated in 1988, and it was time for a modern, purpose-built building.
‘‘The new admin wing meets the needs of staff, students, parents and visitors to the school,’’ he said.
‘‘The college buildings are beautiful and some of the oldest in Seymour, but we want to offer the best facilities and we felt the front of the college needed a bit of a makeover.’’
The new wing will be much larger than the current administration hub in the Mercy Centre, and will house all the college’s administration staff, as well as featuring separate foyers for students and visitors to the school, meeting rooms and offstreet parking for staff.
The concept was the brainchild of Monsignor Anthony Toms, and the college board has been planning the new building for a number of years.
The build is expected to be completed by November, and the college board will work on a future plan for the Mercy Centre.
‘‘The administration building will be a modern building, and will use colour and design from the college’s existing buildings to ensure it fits in well,’’ Mr Kelly said.