Roy Blain and Millie Cran (front) St Cath's Primary principal Sharyn Bell, Dawson MP George Christensen, Jason Costigan and secondary principal David Burke.
Roy Blain and Millie Cran (front) St Cath's Primary principal Sharyn Bell, Dawson MP George Christensen, Jason Costigan and secondary principal David Burke. Jacob Wilson

St Catherine's transformation continues

PRIMARY principal Sharyn Bell couldn't have been prouder standing at St Catherine's Catholic College in Proserpine today.

"Having been part of the St Catherine's community for 22 years I have witnessed many changes as St Catherine's has grown from one to two campuses, from primary to secondary," she said.

"(And) even after six years I still find myself in awe of all that has been achieved here."

Ms Bell was one of many attendants at the official unveiling of St Cath's Manresa Campus's new facilities, giving the college capacity to now accept students in all year levels across three campuses.

The milestone also marked the culmination of a $9,295,929 capital works project made possible with federal and state funding, which resulted in the addition of seven secondary and four primary classrooms.

Money was also put forward from the Diocesan Development Fund and other fundraising.

The changes cater for disciplines such as hospitality, home economics, art, manual arts, music, pupil amenities, graphics, agriculture and science.

St Catherine's College senior principal David Burke said having the new facilities was a big step forward.

"We sincerely thank our State and Federal Government representatives and the Diocesan Development Fund for your support of our wonderful school and for helping to make the dream of a K-12 catholic education in the Whitsundays a reality," he said.

Dawson MP George Christensen said he wanted to see current students become the leaders of the future.

"I'm very pleased the federal government has been able to provide $500,000 for St Cath's new facilities and it will no doubt benefit the students here today but also generations of future students," he said.

"The objective is to ensure students leave school with the skills you need to pursue goals you want to pursue and contribute to our country because we need young people leading the way."

The ceremony held this morning was attended by VIP guests including Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Father Jose Koyickal, Father Bill Busuttin, Whitsunday Police Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain, Parents and Friends Association executive member Julia Bates and executive director of Townsville Catholic Education Cathy Day.

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