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Official opening and blessing of College Administration Building

The newly completed multi-faceted Administration Building at Saint Stephen’s College was officially opened by State Minister for Education, Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones and Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen on 19 February 2016.

Official proceedings included welcome addresses by Chairman of the College Board, Mr Peter Hollett and Headmaster, Mr Jamie Dorrington, music by Drumline and the College Strings Quartet, a blessing by Archbishop John Hepworth and a guest tour.

Mr Dorrington, said the $4 million facility was ‘more than just an administration building’, but a modern purpose-built space to accommodate the needs of staff and students.

“It includes an IT area, space for ESL (English as a Second Language) students, rooms for Academic Advisers to meet with students, recording studios, a boardroom and much more. These modern facilities replace demountable buildings that have been occupied for much of the past 20 years,” he said.

“We are delighted for the ongoing State and Federal Government support we receive that contributes to ensuring the best educational opportunities for our students and staff.”

State and Federal each contributed $325,000 in grants, with the remaining cost funded through fees, capital levy and other funding assistance.

“We are a genuine Prep to Year 12 College with one of the largest contingents of international students in Queensland. Each year more than 80 per cent of our graduating classes are offered tertiary places, so, if creating opportunities for students beyond school is the hallmark of a good school, we have done extremely well,” he said.

“A large percentage of our students are involved in the school’s music program and all participate in our sporting program. We send students on service learning programs in South East Asia and host teachers from Myanmar each year. Our wide range of student opportunities include Outward Bound offered by The Gold Foundation.

“I thank our Commercial Manager, Dolores Santosa for her management of the project and interior decorating, architect Simon Brook, from Burling Brown and Condev builders for the extra effort to ensure everything is as it should be.

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