Bishop of LIsmore Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett blesses the classrooms with principal Mark McDonald at the official opening ceremony at St Joseph Primary School at Coraki.
Bishop of LIsmore Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett blesses the classrooms with principal Mark McDonald at the official opening ceremony at St Joseph Primary School at Coraki. Marc Stapelberg

Blessed with new classrooms

AS MUCH as new buildings can be a blessing that is how the St Joseph's Primary School, Coraki community viewed its new classrooms at the official opening yesterday, as part of the Australian government's Building the Education Revolution (BER) program.

Local dignitaries joined with students, staff and parents to witness the unveiling of the plaque and the blessing with holy water by Bishop of Lismore, Geoffrey Jarrett of each of the rooms.

“We have two new classrooms and supplementary learning places,” Principal Mark McDonald said.

“There is an administration centre which includes a new principal's office and sick bay and a new library centre along with a refurbished teacher's resource centre.”

At a cost of just more than $1 million the Catholic school community is aware of the blessing these new buildings are for the further education of the local children, according to Bishop Jarrett.

“When blessing ‘things' we are really blessing the works that people will do with them,” he said addressing the gathering of around 100 people.

“We are saying thank you to God for providing these things.”

Those most thankful, the staff and students of the school, were very happy with the final results after two years of planning and six months of building.

“I think it's a great place,” Year 3 student Taylah Bell said.

“It's got lots of space and I have lots of friends.”

Mr McDonald said his staff was also very appreciative of their new surroundings.

“The staff is extremely happy as they are very grateful to have the new facility,” he said.

 

BER PROGRAM:

Under the BER 24,000 projects are being delivered across Australia by the Federal Government

$16.2 billion has been invested to modernise schools and thus supporting local jobs



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