Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Sod turned for new education facility

David Lee August 10, 2017
SITE BLESSED… From left, Catholic Education Office assistant to the director planning and resources, Tom Sexton, St Mel’s Education Community principal, Dom Poppa and Father Joe Taylor at the turning of the sod and blessing of the site for the new St Anne’s Catholic College in Kialla last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SITE BLESSED… From left, Catholic Education Office assistant to the director planning and resources, Tom Sexton, St Mel’s Education Community principal, Dom Poppa and Father Joe Taylor at the turning of the sod and blessing of the site for the new St Anne’s Catholic College in Kialla last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

$6M stage one begins

CONSTRUCTION for the $6M first stage of the new St Anne’s Catholic College in Kialla is set to begin in the coming weeks, following the turning of the first sod last week and blessing of the site.

The construction of the first stage of the school, which will be a sister school to St Mel’s, St Brendan’s, St Mary’s and Notre Dame College, is expected to be completed by 2019 and will initially offer classes for preps and year 7 students.

St Mel’s Education Community principal, Dom Poppa said, “This educational facility is being built to cater for the needs of the Shepparton community.

“Catholic education has tried really hard to cater for the needs of the community and that’s what this facility is about.”

Father Joe Taylor, who blessed the site last week said, “This is a very historical moment. We will look back in 10 years time and say wow.

“It takes a lot of people to make a school, but this is all about the students.”

Catholic Education Office assistant to the director planning and resources, Tom Sexton said, “It’s been a lot of work to get to this stage and start the building works after all the planning.

“The first stage will have a capacity for 240 students, but after all four stages are completed it will cater for 1,200 students.

“This first stage will cost $6M, which is fantastic for the local community. We are utilising the services of local company, Moretto Builders, which is fantastic.

“We will submit our funding application at the end of this year for stage 2 and will continue to grow the school to eventually cater for students from early education, right through to year 12.”