Prime Minister Opens La Salle College Trade Skills Centre

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with students at La Salle College in Middle Swan this week, during a visit in which he officially opened the College’s new Brother Fitzhardinge Trade Skills Centre.

The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth, blessed crucifixes to hang in the Trade Skills Centre, and the Prime Minister addressed the audience of students, families and staff outside the new building.

College Principal Wayne Bull led the official party on a tour of the new facilities, and students talked with Prime Minister Turnbull as they demonstrated some of the work stations in the Centre.

The Trade Skills Centre is equipped to enable studies in a range of VET areas including metal work and material designs, as well as furniture construction, and has already been used by students from TrinityCollege, Chisholm Catholic College and St Joseph’s School in Northam, as well as those at La Salle College.

Amongst the guests in attendance was the Centre’s namesake Brother Berkeley Fitzhardinge, a former principal of the College in the early 1970s, who first introduced technology based studies to the College’s curriculum.

The opening was also attended by Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt, Senator Linda Reynolds, National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Ross Fox, Catholic Education Western Australia Executive Director Dr Tim McDonald, Brother David Hawke, The Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers, and Noongar elder Dr Robert Isaacs.

Throughout the opening the College’s Concert Band entertained the official party and guests, and the Prime Minister was presented with a painting by a number of Aboriginal students at the College as a parting gift.