THE first sod has been turned on St Clare’s Primary School at Yarrabilba.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane joined BCE executive director Pam Betts, foundation principal Chris Thomas, representatives of the Franciscan Sisters and special guests yesterday morning for the blessing and sod turning ceremony.
Archbishop Coleridge told those gathered on the construction site the celebration was not the beginning of the story of St Clare’s, but an important step forward as the school looked to the future.
St Clare’s is the 139th school within the archdiocese of Brisbane.
St Clare’s will be the only school of that name in south-east Queensland and one of three schools receiving pastoral support from the Regents Park Parish, which also includes Emmaus College at Jimboomba, and St Bernardine’s Primary School at Regents Park.
Ms Betts the choice of name for the school was reflective of the values it would represent.
“St Clare’s Primary School will value its links with the teachings of the Franciscans in which simplicity, humility, dependence on God, a love for the poor and searching for God in others and the natural world are all valued,” she said.
Lendlease’ communities business managing director Matthew Wallace said the start of construction of Yarrabilba’s first catholic primary school was an exciting milestone for the rapidly growing community.
“Schools are a vital part of creating sustainable places where people want to live, work and play and challenge the way we think about the delivery of education services,” he said.
A community information day for interested families will be held on Saturday July 23, from 9am to 12pm.
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