30 April 2014
Archbishop Christopher Prowse has officially blessed and opened the permanent home of the Archdiocese’s newest Catholic college in Nicholls.
What was known as John Paul College was formally opened as St John Paul II College in honour of the newly canonised pope it was named after.
It was a celebrated occasion for the college community and those involved in bringing it to life after a dozen years of stop-start planning.
The college, which started with a foundation group of about 100 year 7 students on the campus of the Mother Teresa school in Harrison last year, moved that group along with the new year 7 intake into the completed first stage of its new premises this year.
The school, which expects stage two to be ready next year, will ultimately house about 1200 students.
Catholic Education Office director Moira Najdecki, college principal Catherine Rey and college council chair Keith Cantlie all acknowledged the patience and persistence of those who nursed the project through its many setbacks.
Mrs Najdecki thanked the parents and students who kept the faith even though “you must have had your doubts”.
Archbishop Prowse said one of the greatest honours for a bishop was to bless and open a school, “because a school has a past and has a present and has a wonderful future”.