State-of-the-art centre opened

St Ignatius College Geelong opened its state-of-the-art MacKillop Centre. (supplied)

St Ignatius College Geelong’s state-of-the-art MacKillop Centre was officially opened at a ceremony at the college’s Drysdale campus on Friday June 7.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli was among the guests to attend the official blessing and opening of the facility, which consists of 16 general learning areas, a

dedicated maker space, and a 400-seat lecture theatre with associated spaces.

Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant also attended with the state government chipping in $1 million to the $24 million centre.

“The Victorian government is making sure that all Victorian schools have the best facilities,” Ms Marchant said.

“We can’t be the Education State without improving schools across all sectors. Non-government schools are an important part of Bellarine, providing local families with choice when it comes to educating their children.”

“Local families can now enjoy world class learning facilities at Saint Ignatius College.”

Archbishop Comensoli was joined by Fr Quyen Vu SJ Jesuit Provincial, Fr Darian Sticklen, Fr Ray Bugeja, Fr Gerard Healy SJ, members of the current and former College Advisory Board, Plan Group, CDF, Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects, Old Companions, parents and carers, staff and students.

Attendees gathered in the College MPC for the archbishop’s address, Principal Michael Exton’s address before visiting the new centre for the blessing, and a light lunch.