Bishop blesses new buildings at St. Patrick’s Cessnock

St. Patrick’s Primary School Cessnock celebrated the official opening and blessing of its new Building the Education Revolution facilities on the last day of term two.

The school received $2,149,955 to build a new multipurpose hall, library and classrooms and put on a special afternoon to mark the occasion, with readings, prayers and musical performances by the students.

The event was attended by Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Fr. William Wright, Cessnock Parish Priest Fr. Tony Potts, several Sisters of St. Joseph, past principals and staff of St. Patrick’s, representatives from the Catholic Schools Office, parents and community members.

Bishop Wright performed the blessing of the buildings and also declared the new facilities open in the absence of Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon.

Mr. Fitzgibbon was due to fly back from Canberra that morning but his flight was delayed due to poor weather. He was said to be very sorry that he could not make the ceremony at his former primary school.

Mr. Fitzgibbon said the new buildings will provide benefits to students for many years to come.

“The BER is a $16.2 billion investment in the nation’s future and is delivering modern facilities to more than 9500 schools in metro and regional communities across the country,” he said.

“It is the single biggest investment in Australian schools in our history.

“Projects like the multipurpose hall, library and classrooms at St Patrick’s Primary School are making a real difference by improving the learning environment for our children.

“This is an historic investment in the modernisation of our schools and we will continue to see the benefits of this program for many years to come.”

BLESSING: Bishop of Maitland, William Wright blesses the new building at St. Patrick’s School.

NEW FACILITIES: St. Patrick’s captains Charlie Willis and Mali Unahi with Bishop William Wright after the opening and blessing of the new building.

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