Of­fi­cial open­ing for Aus­tralind cam­pus

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Emily Ace

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.”

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