Catholic College Sale inches closer to consolidation

Teacher Jamie Bride with students (from left) Heather MacGregor, Marocelle Botes and Jessie Sedman, enjoying one of the new classrooms. Photo: Danae Studios
Teacher Jamie Bride with students (from left) Heather MacGregor, Marocelle Botes and Jessie Sedman, enjoying one of the new classrooms. Photo: Danae Studios

CATHOLIC College Sale will vacate its Sion campus at the end of the year, consolidating operations onto one site from 2021.

Year 7 and 8 students will relocated to the St Patrick's campus on Desailly St.

Principal Chris Randell said in leaving the Sion campus, on the corner of York and Raglan Sts, after 130 years, Catholic College Sale would honour the Sion tradition and story which had helped shape its current values and ethos.

"We are planning a decommissioning ceremony of the Sion campus and other opportunities for past students and community members to celebrate and give thanks for the sisters' presence in Sale," he said.

The Sion story has been visually preserved and honoured in the recently-refurbished entrance and reception areas of the St Patrick's campus.

The iconography also integrates the school's Marist heritage.

The Marist Brothers co-own and co-govern the college in partnership with the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited.

Work is continuing on the refurbishment and extension of the John 23rd building at the St Pat's campus. It will accommodate Year 7 and 8 students.

This new learning precinct incorporates contemporary classrooms and break-out areas that enable students flexible learning opportunities for collaboration, independence and connectivity to global resources.

Another development is the new bus and drop-off and pick-up zone on Reeve St.

The college has been working with Wellington Shire Council to develop a new and safe area where students can enter and exit the school away from other major traffic and parking areas.

An artists impression of the reburbished John 23rd building.

An artists impression of the reburbished John 23rd building.

College governors, staff and building contractors are confident construction work and landscaping of gardens and sporting courts will be ready to welcome staff and students from the Sion campus and incoming Year 7 students.

"We are on track and making sure that the necessary planning and works are being undertaken as scheduled to enable a smooth transition to a one-campus college in 2021," Mr Randell said.

"We are also excited, given the current COVID-19 challenges.

"There is much to look forward to and celebrate as 2021 draws closer."

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