Blessing & Official Opening
Trade Skills Centre
Monday 21st August, 2017
Principal, Mr. Chris Black “What a wonderful celebration for our College. Whilst the building has been in operation for sometime it is a significant occasion when a building and resource as important as this is officially blessed and opened.”
The Trade Skills Centre is a significant facility that is already delivering a hands-on approach to learning. The skill-set developed in such a facility provides our students, as well as those students from our neighbouring schools, with opportunities to develop highly specialised skills that will make them highly marketable in the workplace. Here at St. Peter’s College we are committed to the development of curriculum where active learning is central. We talk about the development of the 4 C’s in our learning and teaching program – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical thinking.
This is surrounded by an over-arching 5th C – a Catholic Education. Students in our Trade Skills Centre are challenged (another C) each and every day to develop themselves in those 5 C’s.
We welcomed Bishop Pat O’Regan who continues to support St. Peter’s College in a multitude of ways. His presence on the day is in itself a blessing. Also in attendance were the Federal Member for Holt the Hon Mr. Anthony Byrne, the College acknowledges and thanks the Federal Government for their contribution of $1.26 million dollars. Ms. Maria Kirkwood was
also in attendance. With her team, at the CEO Sale, they do a wonderful job ensuring the voice of Catholic Education is heard at the highest levels of government and strive for us to continue to receive the vital funds we need to support our building program and vision here at St. Peter’s College in catering for the learning needs of our students in the 21st Century.
College Canonical Administrators, Fr Joseph, CA of the Cranbourne Campus and Fr Denis, CA of the Clyde North Campus, along with Ms. Amanda Stapleton from the City of Casey, representing the Mayor, were also in attendance, along with St. Peter’s College Board Members.
Mr. Tim Hogan former Principal, attended and was acknowledged as the architect of the vision and without this vision and without his hard work this project could just have been a pipe dream rather than the facility we have today.
This is an outstanding facility that does, and will continue to service, the trade skills training of many students particularly in the areas of Electro-technology, Robotics, Building & Construction, and Metalwork
In closing Mr. Black tells us “It is a pleasure to meet new families to our College who talk about our glowing and growing reputation in the local community as the reason why they come to St. Peter’s College. This facility is one of the reasons they seek enrolment here. St. Peter’s College has such an enviable reputation. “