Officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan earlier this month, the project provides the school with a new administration area, flexible learning spaces for Year 1 and 2 classes, breakout rooms to facilitate programs for students who require additional literacy and numeracy support, and a state-of-the-art library. The funding for the development included a State Government capital grant of $303,937.
Established in 1870 by the Sisters of St Joseph, who still have a significant influence today, the school’s rich history was honoured throughout the ceremony on September 2.
The old school bell was brought in during the liturgy, together with a bunch of lilies which is the symbol of St Joseph and a prominent element in the school crest.
In the lead up to the event, St Joseph’s staff worked together to create the crosses for the new spaces out of polymer clay and wood. They provided another symbol of how the school community continuously joins together in faith.
Special guests at the opening included Education Minister, John Gardner MP; chair of the SA Commission for Catholic Schools, Professor Denis Ralph; Catholic Education SA director, Dr Neil McGoran; Member for Waite, Sam Duluk; and other CESA representatives. Provincial of the Josephite Sisters, Sr Brigette Sipa and other well-known local Josephites Sr Liz Morris and Majella O’Sullivan – both with past connections to the school – also attended, along with past parish priest Fr Bob Wilkinson.
Current principal Jodie Higgins and deputy principal Jamie Deverson were joined by past principals Monica Conway, Justin Cavuoto, Mark Corrigan, Amanda Humenick and Phil Shultz at the ceremony.Jump to next article