Official opening for Australind campus
Bunbury Catholic College’s Mercy Campus in Australind was officially opened and blessed by Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan, Forrest MHR Nola Marino and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke on Friday.
Principal Denise O’Meara said the school had come a long way since operations began at the start of the 2015 school year with 300 students.
“We had 300 students in sand, a bit of mess, some buildings weren’t complete . . . but it was an exciting time to get started,” she said.
The school has now grown to 540 students, with the first Year 12 student cohort graduating this year.
“They were great leaders because they had been with us from Year 9, so those who kept with us right through to the end had lots of opportunities for leadership roles and they were a really unified group,” Ms O’Meara said.
“They were a fabulous group of friends as much as a graduating group of students.”
Ms O’Meara said the official opening was an opportunity to reflect on the past three years, as well as open the door to more op- portunities for the campus.
“We will be opening the gymnasium next and more classrooms,” she said.
“We have an undercover gathering space which is no good in winter or when it is really hot, so we need a gymnasium for a gathering space and sports facilities.
“What we will be looking at now is other opportunities in terms of learning for students and different things we can include in the program.
“Particularly for our younger students who are coming in from primary school . . . what is it that they need to make that transition more engaging.”