The Kolbe Catholic College community gathered for the official blessing and opening of the Visual Arts and Home Economics Centre and the Technology Centre on 18 May. The College was most privileged to have the Archbishop Timothy Costelloe in attendance to lead the blessing ceremony, along with the support from Hon. Gary Gray, Special Minister of State and Member for Brand, Mr Ron Dullard, Director of Catholic Education, Mr Barry Sammels, Mayor of the City of Rockingham and many other invited guests.
At the commencement of proceedings the newly appointed Archbishop of Perth articulated his special connection with St Maximilian Kolbe; when he was appointed Bishop five years ago, his first blessing was for the site of a new school.
The name of the school to be built on that site was Kolbe Catholic College. So he found it amazing, that his first visit to a secondary school in Western Australia was to another Kolbe Catholic College community.
Throughout the ceremony, Year 8 students played a pivotal role, leading prayers and readings and presenting an outstanding drama piece of the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha. After the Archbishop had blessed all the buildings he blessed all Year 8 students.
The Hon. Gary Gray officially unveiled the plaques with support from Year 8 student Ben Farrington. Mr Gray identified the very important role Kolbe Catholic College fulfills within the Rockingham and Kwinana area. He was most appreciative of all the work the school does in, and for the wider community.
Kolbe Catholic College is appreciative of the support the Commonwealth Government has extended to them through Capital Grant money and Building Education Revolution funds. The financial assistance provided by the State Government for the development of both the Visual Art and Home Economics Centre and the Technology Centre through low interest loans was also acknowledged.
The blessing and opening of the Visual Arts and Home Economics Centre and the Technology Centre was a truly special day in the history of Kolbe Catholic College.