College finally comes together as one in new hall
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.