Opening and blessing for new buildings

May 12, 2015

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On Wednesday 6 May, Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge opened and blessed two new buildings at St Joseph’s Nudgee College – the DJ Hanly Learning Centre and the Bathersby Boarding Village.

The new Boarding Village’s namesake Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby, whom boarded at the College in the 1950s, attended the ceremony.
Whilst inspecting the new boarding accommodation, Archbishop Bathersby made comment of how it was nothing like what he slept in during his time at Nudgee College.
The College’s Principal Mr Peter Fullagar describes the Bathersby Boarding Village as a contemporary boy’s home away from home.
“The dorms are centrally located in the one place and every boy has his own room with a window, study space and good ventilation,” he said.
“There are common spaces for relaxation and a magnificent central courtyard - a tropical oasis in the heart of the village.”
The DJ Hanly Learning Centre – named after past Principal Mr Daryl Hanly – features the College Library, IT and AV services, the Learning and Teaching team, IT Labs, Year 7 learning spaces, a giant chess board, the Tuckshop and a large covered outdoor space.
The sections of the facility are located across four interconnected levels, which will be a hub for Middle School, as well as a common space for presentations, meetings, social activity, unstructured learning and games.
During the ceremony, Mr Peter Fullagar said the two buildings are powerful symbols, recognising and updating the College’s earliest traditions as a boarding school for the 21st century, and recognising bold ambitions to invigorate learning and teaching with a 21st century Learning Centre.
“Both are symbolic of an exciting future for the College and for those boys who will enter our gates this year and in the years to come,” Mr Fullagar said.
“Some would suggest that the construction of two buildings simultaneously was a bold and brave thing to undertake, while others might suggest that to do so in the very heart of the school was bordering on slight madness - either way, the outcome is magnificent.”
Planning for both of the buildings began in 2013, with the construction taking place throughout 2014 and 2015.
The College wishes to thank all those who attended the event, as well as those who contributed to the planning and development of each new building.
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