The opening and blessing of a $2 million state-of-the-art multi-purpose hall at St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School in Byron Bay was a tangible symbol of the school’s growth and vibrancy.
Speaking at the official opening last Friday, principal John Wilson said the new hall was magnificent.
“This is a genuine blessing for the parish and the school and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the project,” he said.
Funding for the new hall came from the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution (BER) fund and marked the end of a project that started 20 years ago.
In 2007 the school finally moved to its new site on Broken Head Road – a move that had been in the wings since the land was purchased in the 1980s.
For 15 years the school was divided, with some classes still operating from the old site in Ruskin Street and some classes at the new site.
The opening was attended by about 200 people, including students, teachers, parents and dignitaries including the Bishop of Lismore, the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett; Byron Bay parish priest Father Anthony Lemon; and the director of Catholic Schools Lismore Education Dr Anne Wenham.
Father Lemon said the hall was a beautiful facility.
“In 2006 we got approval from the Byron Shire Council to build the school hall, but of course back then it was just a dream,” he said.
“Then we received the money and support of the government and now we have a wonderful gift for the community.”
Dr Wenham said this was a celebration of quality education.
Bishop Jarrett said this was a wonderful hall and Catholic schools were built on the foundations of truth, goodness and beauty.
He then blessed the hall.
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