FOUNDATION staff and students welcomed special guests to McAuley College for the blessing and official opening of the Scenic Rim’s first Catholic secondary school.
Situated within Oakland Estate in Beaudesert, the college welcomed its first cohort of Year 7 students at the beginning of the school year.
Stage 1 of construction included Year 7 and 8 classrooms, a sports oval, a library and administration block, a multi-purpose undercover area, toilets, change rooms, and a specialist block.
McAuley College was expected to gradually grow each year, eventually accommodating about 800 students and 60 full-time staff.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge joined Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts, representatives of the Sisters of Mercy and special guests for the long-anticipated blessing and official opening ceremony.
Archbishop Coleridge led a liturgy before blessing some items associated with the college.
He told those gathered that it was at the college the young would learn the art of being human.
“Here we say Jesus will teach the young what it really means to be a human being with a heart of flesh and not a heart of stone,” he said.
Miss Betts said the long-awaited ceremony marked a dream becoming reality.
She said it was the parents, school leaders, priests and members of the parish who had a wonderful dream for the education of secondary students in Beaudesert.
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