FOUNDATIONAL students, all dressed in fresh uniforms and eager smiles, bussed into Brisbane’s CBD for the inaugural Mass of the newly-opened San Damiano College, Yarrabilba.
Principal Peter Edwards said it was a great occasion to mark the opening of the school.
“Just to bring the kids in here to St Stephen’s Cathedral, just an icon of the Catholic Church in Brisbane and to be able to give our kids the experience of this iconic place and to celebrate Mass here is just fantastic,” he said.
After Mass, the 75 foundational students headed off to the botanical gardens for a picnic.
Mr Edwards said the students had been excited for the trip into town – it was only the second week of the year and they already had an excursion.
He said it was the first time many of the kids had trekked to the Brisbane CBD from “a little place called Yarrabilba”.
Yarrabilba, part of Logan City, is the fastest growing suburb south of Brisbane.
San Damiano College made headlines during its construction for its faithful attempt to recreate the architectural style of the town of Assisi for its buildings, including Italian red terracotta tiled rooves.
San Damiano Chapel, in Assisi, is famous for being the site where St Francis heard the call of Jesus to “rebuild my church”.
At the Mass, the students received a blessing from celebrant Fr Leo Burke, who blessed their journey through high school as foundational students.
Mr Edwards said the foundational students were leaders from the outset.
“By 2026, when these guys are in grade 12, we’ll have a full school and these foundation students are setting the traditions and the culture for years to follow,” he said.
San Damiano College opened its doors on February 10.