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Marist tradition celebrated in Innisfail

Blessing: Bishop James Foley blesses the La Valla Centre and the statue of St Marcellin Champagnat.

Blessing: Bishop James Foley blesses the La Valla Centre and the statue of St Marcellin Champagnat.

By Paul Dobbyn

PAST and future came together at Innisfail’s Good Counsel College recently when the 75th anniversary of Marist education in the district coincided with the opening of a major educational facility on the campus.

The La Valla Centre, complete with state-of-the-art library, lecture theatre, graphics and information technology laboratories, and general teaching areas, was blessed during a liturgy celebrated by Cairns Bishop James Foley.

Senator Ian Macdonald opened the centre on May 31 on behalf of the Federal Government.

Other distinguished guests included Cassowary Coast Regional Council representative Glenn Raleigh and Cairns Catholic Education Services acting executive director Bill Dixon.

That evening, hospitality students under the instruction of teacher Loretta Kreis prepared and served a three-course dinner in the Champagnat Centre which was transformed into an inviting restaurant area.

Acting principal Luke Reed officiated, with visiting Marist Brothers Neville Solomon and John Curry, and Innisfail identities Ralph Arnell and Bill McAvoy present to make the occasion memorable.

Guests were entertained with musical performances by Good Counsel College students Jack McKinstry and vice-captain Eve Ah Shay, along with dance performances from Jasmine Corica, Nicole Grima and Paige Withnall.

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