Official opening of new building at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer is holding an official opening for its new, state-of-the-art building which has been described as “the heart of the college”.

The multi-million-dollar Catherine McAuley Building was opened to students in August last year at the all-girls school. 

However, a blessing ceremony and official opening has been planned for this Thursday to coincide with Catholic Schools Week.

The state-of-the-art building includes three new science labs and four design and technology spaces.

The design and technology rooms have been built to cater for wood work, textiles, food technology, industrial technology and multimedia subjects. 

A general learning area that can expand to become a large open space, fitted with plenty of soft furnishings, has also become a popular spot inside the building.

“The Catherine McAuley Building is the heart of the college,” principal Gilda Pussich said.

“The learning spaces are very open and flexible and have a beautiful aesthetic.

“The students have really gravitated to the spaces. You can hear them talking about their learning and they’re excited about coming to class.”

She said the new facilities lend themselves to science and technology education.

“It’s all about breaking the barriers between what girls do and what girls are traditionally expected to do,” Ms Pussich said. “Building a space that focuses on science and technology sends a message that they are extremely important to us within girls’ education.”

Catholic Schools Week is running this week, with Sydney Catholic schools celebrating with the theme ‘inspiring spirits and minds’.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer caters for girls in Years 7 to 10.

  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer will hold an open day on Tuesday, March 14 in two sessions: 9.30am to 11.30am, and 5.30pm to 7pm at the school on Dominic St, Cronulla.