SMC ready for Yr 7 into Secondary

 St Mary’s College is ready for Year 7 students to move into the Secondary College


On Friday, 15th August, St Mary’s College celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. This feast recognises Mary, the mother of God and her integral role in the life of the Catholic Church. In our case, our College was named by the Christian Brothers, who had great devotion to Mary – St Mary’s College.

The Assumption Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert McGuckin (JCL) Bishop of Toowoomba and was followed by the blessing and opening of our new tuckshop, Hospitality kitchen, Food Technology area with restaurant, Japanese room and refurbished Year 7 classrooms for 2015. These new and improved facilities will provide vital infrastructure that parents have indicated was both needed and wanted for their children.

The Food Technology areas particularly, were identified through a parent survey as something parents wanted St Mary’s students to have the opportunity to build skills in. Students are very engaged in this learning process of food provision and have recently catered for events including the St Mary’s Board dinner and College Art Show. Extensive refurbishment of the Industrial Arts areas is also in progress and will be completed to be ready for the start of the 2015 school year.

The school improvement projects were funded through a loan from the Catholic Education Office and a state government grant of $890,000. Principal Michael Newman, members of the schools community and students were joined at the opening by: Rev Bishop Robert McGuckin (Bishop of Toowoomba); Mr John Borserio (Director of Toowoomba Catholic Education); Mrs Margaret Hendriks (Assistant Director, School Improvement Services); Hon Ian McFarlane (Federal Member for Groom and Minister for Industry); Hon Dr John McVeigh (State Member for Toowoomba South and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry); and Mr Trevor Watts (State Member for Toowoomba North).

Mr Michael Newman (Principal) said “This is a very exciting time as we welcome many new boys into our great College with these new outstanding facilities. We are all ready and looking forward to 2015.”

St Mary's College has been planning for the new boys to enter the Secondary College for the past two years. Plans in place include: refurbished classrooms; new lockers; detailed teaching plans; fewer number of teachers; shared assessments between subjects; middle schooling teaching and learning; a Year 7 Co-ordinator to care for the boys; a designated teaching and learning space; and, a wide range of sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities.



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