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OLGC welcomes official opening of new buildings

Students Myles Hawks, Lucas Jacobson, Brayden Duff, Jesse Kollegger,
Charlotte Barron and Andy Huynh joined BCE Deputy Executive Director
Dr Doug Ashleigh, Principal Nathan Haley and Federal Member for Wright
Scott Buchholz at the official opening of OLGC’s new facilities

GATTON was the centre of attention as guests, parents and friends travelled from far and wide for the official opening of much-needed facilities for Our Lady of Good Counsel School.

Principal Nathan Haley said the special guests, parents, friends staff and students came together as a community of partners in education to celebrate the blessing and opening of Mercy House, the school’s new administration centre; three new classrooms, the refurbishment of the Daniel Walsh building and a combined space in the original convent used for general learning and Outside School Hours Care.

Nathan said the buildings had lots of character from the outside, but this was only bricks and mortar.

He said the real character was formed on the inside and this would continue to grow and be shaped by all those who were welcomed through the doors.

“We named the administration area Mercy House as it is our hope that a strong sense of belonging is formed through our Mercy Charism that makes our school feel like home for all we meet,” he said.

Nathan said the building project, completed in 2016, was certainly a significant project as it stretched right across the school.

“Projects of this size come at a large cost and we acknowledged and thanked the Federal Government for the significant contribution of more than $2,370,000.

“Without this funding, this project would not have been possible,” he said.

He said the OLGC community should also be proud as they contributed more than $170,000 to the project. 

Nathan said the project had greatly enhanced the school through providing many contemporary learning and work spaces.

“As educators, we now look forward to taking up the challenge as we work towards supporting and nurturing students on their learning journey towards promising futures.

“Like the Sisters of Mercy who founded OLGC School, may we be inspired by the same dedication, passion and commitment as we continue to grow this vibrant learning community,” he said.

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