McAuley College opens its stage two buildings

McAuley College celebrated its Commencement Mass and marked the official opening and blessing of its stage two buildings on Friday.

This included a new block called iLinC (Innovate Learn Investigate Collaborate) with two new science laboratories, science prep room, drama and music Room, along with three individual Instrumental practice rooms.

The college also added five new general learning areas, a flexible hub to the existing Ellen Whitty block and an extension to the staff room in the Catherine McAuley Administration building. 

McAuley College contributed over $700 000 to this stage of construction, while $2.9 million came from the state government.

Principal Deidre Young said staff and students appreciated the financial assistance from the state government and were pleased to welcome Logan MP Linus Power to open the facilities on behalf of the Minister for Education Grace Grace.

"We were privileged to welcome the Most Reverend Bishop Ken Powell, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, who officially blessed our learning and work spaces," she said.

"This included the blessing of Mercy crosses which will be placed in each space, as well as the hand crafted pottery boots, symbolic of those worn by Catherine McAuley, which will be placed in each of our Pastoral Care Rooms.

"The boots remind us to be people of action, like Jesus and Catherine McAuley. 

"The College is grateful to the many people who contributed their skills and expertise each day to complete our Stage Two buildings.

"This included our Bertoldi Architects and our builders, Herron Corey, along with the many other trades and work people who delivered quality work that will be of great benefit to many young people for years to come. 

We were also joined by a number of Sisters of Mercy. Catherine McAuley, after whom we are named, founded the Sisters of Mercy and it was a privilege to acknowledge these women at our Opening and Blessing, given they founded quality Catholic education in the Scenic Rim; and it is on their legacy that we build our own story here at McAuley College."

Mrs Young said the college had grown from 36 students in 2017 to now have 154 enrolled across Years seven to nine.

"We may be small in size but we are huge in spirit," Mrs Young said.

"I am so proud of our community; our parents, our staff and our students.

"Because at the heart they are the reason we build - the reason we put on our boots each day and strive for excellence."