Sale Bishop Patrick O’Regan yesterday blessed the site of the first new primary school to be built in the regional Victorian town of Warragul in almost 20 years. Source: Sale Diocese.
Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale director Maria Kirkwood, parish priest Fr Peter Slater, and Baw Baw Shire mayor Cr Mikaela Power joined Bishop O’Regan for a brief ceremony at the site of St Angela of the Cross Catholic Primary School, which is set to open in 2021.
Ms Kirkwood said that Catholic schools play a vital role in nurturing children and young people to reach their full potential.
“I look forward to welcoming students to St Angela of the Cross Primary School, and partnering with their families to enable them to meet life’s challenges with faith and hope,” she said.
Construction of the first school building, a modern, two-storey structure with six classrooms and an administration centre, will commence in July 2019. Once complete, the school will cater for up to 450 students from foundation to grade six.
Ms Kirkwood said that another Catholic primary school was needed in Warragul to cater for the rapid growth of families in the area seeking high quality and affordable Catholic education.
“Our vision for St Angela of the Cross is to provide a faith-filled environment that will enable students to achieve their personal best,” she said.
Fr Slater said the school is named in honour of St Angela of the Cross, who lived in Spain from 1846-1932.
“St Angela dedicated her life to prayer and service to others and is a wonderful role model for future students and their families. Her life illustrates the teaching of Jesus: to love God and neighbour,” he said.
This is the first new school to be built through the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Ltd, the education governance body set up established last year to manage and operate Catholic schools in the diocese.