LORETO College’s soil was blessed yesterday at the construction site for its new performing arts centre.
The land has been cleared and construction is ready to take place.
The school held a ceremony where the plaque was unveiled and Bishop Paul Bird blessed the soil at the site, with many from the school community attending.
“It’s not just blessing the soil but the construction workers who will work here as well as the students who will perform here or use the facility,” Bishop Bird said.
“Blessing recognises that everything is a gift from God ... even though things may seem earthly, there’s a spiritual element to everything.”
Loreto College principal Judith Potter said they hoped to open the building in October next year.
“It will include a 500-seat theatre, multimedia rooms, classrooms and studios,” she said. “It will be ideal not only for performances, but also lecturers and guest speakers.”
The college’s Sister Margaret Sculley said Loreto College always had an emphasis on the arts curriculum.
“Since the school began in 1875, we’ve had an emphasis on music, dance and drama and the new centre follows on from that,” she said.
“For the girls to have a performing arts centre will now do justice for what they’re able to achieve.”