Celebrating first stage of consolidation of the Sion and St Pat's campuses

A birds eye view of works at Catholic Colleges St Pats campus. Photos: John Morgan
A birds eye view of works at Catholic Colleges St Pats campus. Photos: John Morgan

CATHOLIC College Sale celebrated the blessing and opening of the Notre Dame de Sion Learning Centre and refurbishment of the St Patrick's building on Friday, which includes newly-renovated learning areas and a new administration area, as well as a lift.

The completion of the Notre Dame de Sion and refurbishment of the St Patrick's building is the first stage of a consolidation of both campuses.

Principal Chris Randell said the project continued to build on the hard work and gifts of past generations and planning for the education of future generations.

The school provided $9.1 million for the project, with $2 million coming from the federal government.

"The project cost $11.1 million and we are grateful to the federal government for its $2 million contribution, as well as the support of the Diocese of Sale, Marist Schools Australia, the Catholic Development Fund, and our community for ensuring a fully-funded project that arrived on budget," Mr Randell said.

Assistant principal of learning and teaching Cindy Foat said the project has been undertaken with the focus of improving educational opportunities for students and "development of the whole person".

"Our students are our key stakeholders," she said.

Dignitaries at Friday's official opening included Bishop Patrick O'Regan and Br Peter Carroll, Gippsland MHR Darren Chester, director of Catholic Education in Sale Maria Kirkwood, Gippsland South MLA Danny O'Brien and Sr Patricia Watson and Sr Mary Barbuto, representing Our Lady of Sion Sisters.

The blessing was led by Bishop Patrick O'Regan.

Mr Chester said students and the whole school community would benefit from the new facilities.

"We're fortunate across Gippsland to have some wonderful teaching staff, and access to the latest technologies and resources helps to achieve better results," he said.

"These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.

"Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities."

The St Patrick's building was constructed in 1922. Sion campus students are expected to move to the St Pat's campus late next year.