Students to start school despite building delays
YEAR 8 students will still be starting school at St Catherine's Catholic College on Tuesday, January 29, regardless of an unexpected delay with the construction of the senior campus.
On January 7, the builder contracted to construct the senior campus designed to accomodate Year 8 students and their facilities, went into voluntary liquidation and appointed an external administrator.
Following this, on January 9, the Townsville Catholic Education office termintated the contract with the builder and took possession of the uncompleted works.
Townsville Catholic Education assistant director Ross Horner said the Townsville Catholic Education and St Catherine's Catholic College leadership teams were now working with the original builder's sub-contractors to complete the project as soon as possible.
"We are disappointed the project will not be complete in time for the new school year, however we are not letting it dampen our joy of welcoming Year 8 to St Catherine's," he said.
Mr Horner said at present the project was approximately 80 per cent complete.
"Our current timeline will see the new secondary GLAs (general learning areas) finished and ready to occupy from February 4 and the specialist rooms from March 14," he said.
In the meantime, Whitsunday Regional Council have approved St Catherine's to install temporary demountable buildings at the senior campus, until such time as the new buildings are complete.
"We have written to all Year 8 families to explain the situation and ask for their support in helping us create a 'business as usual' learning environment for students. And of course we are very thankful to the sub-contractors who are supporting us to bring the project to completion as soon as possible," Mr Horner said.
A total of 57 Year 8 students have enrolled in St Catherine's Catholic College this year.
Senior campus principal David Burke said teaching staff were eager and ready for the new school year.
"Our teachers and staff are abuzz with enthusiasm, ready for the arrival of students next week and ready to hit the ground running for this significant year in the history of St Catherine's," he said.