Aranmore celebrates

Rebecca McCafferty and Bayley Underwood get ready for the opening of new gym.
Rebecca McCafferty and Bayley Underwood get ready for the opening of new gym.

Principal Jim Elliott said they had every reason to be proud of the new centre and the more flexible learning areas in the science building.

‘As we celebrate 110 years of Catholic education on this site, we can confidently look forward to the future with much improved facilities and a wonderful space in which the whole student body can gather,’ he said.

Mr Elliott said the school previously used the old College Hall, a venue with great ambience and history but not set-up specifically for performances or playing sports.

‘It was also small in size which meant not all the college could gather in one undercover area,’ he said.

‘The centre now provides an undercover gathering area for the whole college community as well as a modern, impressively equipped sporting and performing arts venue.’

It has a well-equipped gym, sporting courts, storage space for sporting and drama equipment, stage and lighting, green rooms, dressing rooms, two projector screens and change rooms.

‘The kitchen area was specifically designed with our Breakfast Club in mind. The science rooms were refurbished to be a modern and up-to-date teaching and science area,’ Mr Elliott said.

‘It’s been lovely seeing the looks of appreciation on the faces of our students. Many have been awestruck.

‘They are very proud of their new facility. The majority of Aranmore buildings are character buildings, which have been built over 50 years ago. While adults can appreciate the beauty of these character buildings, I think students like the new, modern looking facades.

‘As a school we are also proud that we now have a strong community presence ” the centre is clearly visible to all along Oxford Street. Aranmore is no longer the ‘hidden gem’ in Leederville.’

To mark the occasion, the school held an official blessing and opening ceremony on Friday before a reunion sundowner for former students and staff that evening.

Celebrations continued on Sunday, with Aranmore hosting the annual Welcome Mass and Breakfast for its families.