The final piece of the Southern Cross Catholic College Secondary Campus masterplan puzzle was today completed with the official opening and blessing of buildings.
The final stages to be blessed include a new Sport Centre, undercover eating area, café-style tuckshop and Wellbeing Centre.
Blessed by Holy Cross Redcliffe Parish Priest, Fr Bob Harwood, the ceremony was also attended by The Hon. Yvette D'Ath MP, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services and State Member for Redcliffe; The Hon. Luke Howarth MP, Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Federal Member for Petrie; Dr Lee-Ann Perry, Executive Director QCEC; Mr Doug Ashleigh, Deputy Executive Director, BCE; along with project architects, builders, representatives from the De La Salle Brothers, Brigidine Sisters and Brisbane Catholic Education.
College Principal, Mr Chris Campell said the opening and blessing of buildings completes the transformation of the campus.
"For the past four years the secondary campus has gradually transformed into a place that is bright and welcoming for all students and staff, and is a contemporary learning environment in every aspect," Mr Campbell said.
“We are extremely lucky to work in the environment we do, however our students and staff deserve no less than what has been provided over the last four years at the secondary campus."
Since the commencement of works, the campus has also benefited from four new state-of-the-art science laboratories, a new library, refurbished classrooms, exciting external spaces ideal for learning and recreation and new and improved amenities.
The campus quadrangle has been transformed into a shady learning and break-out area for students with grassed terraces leading to an outdoor stage making the College chapel the external focal point of the campus.
Mr Doug Ashleigh, Deputy Director of Brisbane Catholic Education, said the staff, students and parents have reason to celebrate.
“It's difficult being in a school when works are happening around you however I am sure we all agree that the sacrifice was worth it.
“We are here today to celebrate the end of a milestone," Mr Ashleigh said.