St Bernadette’s blessing

Fraser MP Dr Daniel Mulino with St Bernadette’s Primary School principal Brendan Gill. (Supplied)

St Bernadette’s Primary School in Sunshine North has been given a million-dollar facelift.

Fraser MP Dr Daniel Mulino recently joined staff, students, parents, the current and former parish priest and other dignitaries to formally open the newly refurbished school.

The refurbishment included new learning spaces, an administration area, parent and student lounge areas, a library, a resource centre, a community kitchen, and arts studios.

Dr Mulino said modern education facilities are important in providing the best possible learning environment.

“It is a stunning makeover,” Dr Mulino said.

“Built in the 1960s, the school has been transformed into a school fit for the 21st century.”

Previously, classrooms were located on both sides of a dark corridor. “Now the school is full of light, with soaring ceilings, lovely open spaces, music and art rooms and even a multimedia room,” Dr Mulino said.

“And the modern community kitchen allows the school community to make good use of the fruit, vegetables and herbs that grow in the school garden.”

After the blessing performed by parish priest Fr Silvio Bezzina, Dr Mulino and principal Brendan Gill unveiled the plaque to mark the opening of the facilities.

The redevelopment of St Bernadette’s was delivered with support of federal government funding of $1.1 million through the capital grants program for non-government schools and a generous contribution from the school community.

“It is obvious that a lot of thought went into planning this redevelopment to make it not only fit for purpose now but for well into the future,” Dr Mulino said.

Former principal Joanne Webster, under whose leadership the redevelopment work was conceived and carried out, also attended the opening.