First sod turned

Seymour Telegraph - - KIDS SPEAK - An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing for St Mary’s Col­lege. Oc­ca­sion: St Mary’s Col­lege pri­mary school stu­dents Kyra Pearce and Jed Puppa, along with col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Kelly and cap­tains Kee­gan Grant and Ebony Mar­shall, turn the

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.


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