Col­lege fi­nally comes to­gether as one in new hall

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

OPEN­ING: Ryan Catholic Col­lege prin­ci­pal David McNeale with school cap­tains Gabrielle Dent and Thomas Whit­taker RYAN Cat hol i c Col l e g e stu­dents have felt the ben­e­fits of a seven-year itch to­day with the 1930 stu­dents able to come to­gether as one for the first time.

It’s been seven years since the school com­mu­nity was small enough to al­low the en­tire stu­dent pop­u­la­tion into one room at one time. That was un­til last Fri­day. A li­turgy cel­e­brat­ing the start of the new year and the col­lege’s new lead­ers was held in the new Em­maus Hall. The $ 5.8 mil­lion hall was built with the help of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing the Ed­u­ca­tion Revo­lu­tion fund­ing and the school con­tribut­ing $ 2.8m. The hall has an open floor area which is made up of two full sizes bas­ket­ball courts. The hall also has a new class­room, a 200sq m gym­na­sium plus out­door train­ing area, kitchen, AV con­trol room, ticket booth, dress­ing rooms and a large stage area. The build­ing housed 2300 stu­dents, staff, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers at Fri­day’s cel­e­bra­tion. ‘‘ This fa­cil­ity will pro­vide a huge boost to the in­door fa­cil­i­ties for the stu­dents to use,’’ col­lege prin­ci­pal David McNeale said. ‘‘ The Em­maus Hall will al­low the en­tire stu­dent body, staff and par­ents to come to­gether, which we haven’t been able to do for the past seven years be­cause our growth has left us short of a lo­ca­tion for us to gather as one group.’’

The build­ing will also be avail­able for com­mu­nity use through­out the year

The hall took 12 months to build.

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