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Bishop of Sale blesses school building projects

13 August, 2019

Students of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School sang joyfully on Thursday 8 August during a service to bless renovations at the 150 year old school.
 
The school celebrated the addition of a lift and extra learning space to their two-storey building, as
well as refurbishment of the staffroom and administration area.
 
Meanwhile at Catholic College Sale, a new library and the completely refurbished St Patrick’s
building were blessed and officially opened on Friday.
 
The Catholic Bishop of Sale, Bishop Patrick O’Regan presided over the ceremonies.
Also present were the Hon Darren Chester MP, Mr Danny O’Brien MP, Catholic education
representatives, staff, students and families, and invited guests.
 
St Mary’s Principal, Ms Cathy Mesaric said she is excited to see staff and students utilising the
new areas.
 
“The school has undergone substantial renovations in recent years and I am thrilled to see
teachers using the new spaces to engage students in their lessons,” she said.
 
Catholic College Sale principal Mr Chris Randell said that the renovation will allow the school to
accommodate modern teaching techniques.
 
“The need for facilities that promote inclusive learning and student interaction has become more
apparent. Our staff now have the resources to use best-practice teaching methods in all their
classes, which is a fantastic outcome for our students,” Mr Randell said.
 
Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale Ms Maria Kirkwood said it is wonderful to
see Catholic education flourishing in Sale.
 
“We have high expectations for our whole Catholic education community. By creating modern,
engaging learning areas for students and upgrading the facilities for staff, St Mary’s and Catholic
College Sale are promoting excellence in a safe and welcoming environment,” Ms Kirkwood said.
 
Catholic College Sale received $2 million from the Australian government towards their project.
The renovations at St Mary’s were funded by the school.