A group of Year 3 students from across Port Stephens and the Myall Coast participated in a very special ceremony this week.
The official naming of what will be their new secondary school.
All Year 3 students from St Brigid’s Primary School, Raymond Terrace, St Michael’s Primary School, Nelson Bay and St Joseph’s Primary School, Bulahdelah attended the official naming ceremony on the grounds of the new Catholic Secondary school in Medowie.
Catherine McAuley Catholic College, Medowie, which will open in 2020, has today been announced as the official name of the Hunter’s newest school which aims to cater to the demand for Catholic education in the Port Stephens region.
Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, announced the name of the new school this morning on the Medowie Road site where the planned school will be built.
As part of the announcement, Bishop Bill unveiled a foundation stone and plaque to reveal the new school name.
Present at the unveiling were Director of Catholic Schools, Ray Collins, Member for Port Stephens, Kate Washington, principals from across the diocese, parent representatives and student representatives from three local Catholic primary schools who will form part of the first Year 7 cohort.
Bishop Bill said the characteristics of a school under the patronage of Catherine McAuley, grounded in the Mercy traditions of justice, excellence, integrity, courage, hospitality and mercy had inspired the college’s name.
“Catherine McAuley presents a strong and relevant female identity of the Catholic Church and a lift story which can speak to adolescents and young adults in a secondary school,” said Bishop Bill.
The school will eventually cater for 1,200 students, Years 7 to 12 and will feature state of the art learning centres, including a library and recreation areas.
Kate Washington spoke with the groups of excited year 3 students, wishing them good luck for their future studies.
Kate told News Of The Area, “it is very special that they were included in this ceremony in such an important way, they will remember this day for a long time, and I’m sure will keep a record of reports on the ceremony amongst their treasured schooling memories.”
Initial expressions of interest for enrolment or enquiries in 2020 can be made by contacting Mrs Karen Millsteed on 4979 1223 or by visiting www.mn.catholic.edu.au
By Rachael VAUGHAN