New facilities help students shine

When the Josephite Sisters established a small school in Cygnet in 1896 it would have been hard to imagine just how much it would grow over the years. Yet grow it has. Now known as St James Catholic College, the site transformed again recently with the addition of the MacKillop Performance Centre. At the official opening of the Centre on 30 March, the College community had much to celebrate.

“Today’s opening is significant as we are celebrating the latest chapter in the St James Cygnet story,” said Mr John Mula, Director of Catholic Education. “We are celebrating the continuation of the Charisms and spirit of those religious and lay people who founded and nurtured the school since the Sisters of St Joseph first came to teach in Cygnet at St Mary's School in 1896 and subsequently the Christian Brothers in 1944.” 

Named after St Mary MacKillop, founder of the Josephite Sisters, the Centre encompasses a range of facilities including state of the art audio-visual equipment to facilitate drama and music productions, teaching and rehearsal studios, a full sized gymnasium which also doubles as an auditorium, a kiosk and, across the quadrangle, a new canteen.  

Mrs Anne Foale, Principal of St James Catholic College, said “[I am] thrilled that the long process of planning and building has led to a wonderful facility which allows for students live up to the College motto… ’Let your light shine’ in so many different ways.”

The community is rightly proud of the journey the College has taken since it’s early beginnings including the addition of the MacKillop Performance Centre. Mrs Foale said “the opening celebrates the wonderful community of students, staff, families, Parish and local community which makes this such an uplifting place to work".