Senior school starts at St Cath’s
AN EXCITED group of 61 students made history on Tuesday, as the first Year 8's to be welcomed to St Catherine's Catholic College in Proserpine.
Senior campus Deputy Principal Kathleen Hunter said having the secondary school would allow St Catherine's to provide a holistic education for students from Prep to Year 12, in a familiar environment.
She said delays to the construction of the new campus (Whitsunday Times, January 24) had done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of students and staff.
"Students are being housed in the demountable buildings until the front lot of general learning areas are up and running and we've been advised that won't be too far away," Mrs Hunter said.
"We have also been overwhelmed by the community support with the building delays," she said.
"Parents have been very positive, knowing that the facilities are coming on line and the short delay is not hampering the students' education."
Mrs Hunter said students were already looking forward to moving over to the new campus and using some of the upgraded facilities.
"For the first time we'll have a science lab, Apple computers, a manual arts room and a hospitality room," she said.
Mrs Hunter said in addition to the new students, the school was very pleased to have welcomed seven teachers on Tuesday, including six secondary school specialists.
"[Student] enrolments are up and we're happy to advise we're still taking them," she said.
New Year 8 student Nicholas Truett is one of the fortunate children who have been able to stay on at the school after completing his junior education there.
"I just really like the atmosphere of the school [and] I feel really excited about being able to have the opportunity to come here," he said.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know all the new people who've moved from the other schools and making new friends."