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Academy Opens Science Centre

On Tuesday August 26th, a new Science Centre was blessed and opened at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Melbourne. The Centre will be known as the McAllen Science Centre, named after past Principal, Sr Mary McAllen.

The ceremonies took place in the Dillon room where the whole school assembled. The guests for the occasion included past pupils, past principals and staff members, and principals of other Catholic Secondary Schools. Monsignor Greg Bennett represented Archbishop Denis Hart and Annette Schneider rsm represented the Institute Leader Berneice Loch rsm,.

A special guest for the occasion was Mary McAllen’s sister, Margaret, who unveiled one of the plaques to be placed on the building. It was a very moving moment for her and for all who knew and loved Mary.

The building, which is situated on a very small area in Palmer Street, is a tribute to the vision and ingenuity of planners, architects and builders. The outcome is a 21st century learning facility that continues the tradition of the Academy that encourages the students to “Dare to Change, Act with Courage.”

The prayer, music and addresses on the occasion reflected the high quality of dedication and inspiration that is evident in the education that is offered in the College community.

An inspiring feature of the building is the Creation Window. This was designed and constructed by Mr Kevin Foley and Mr David Watt who were responsible also for the windows in the Murray room installed in 2007, during the 150th year celebrations. Mr Foley is one of our gifted art teachers at the College.

The Creation window spans the three storeys of the building and covers the major stages of the Creation story. There are many features in the window that will stimulate diverse reflection on the relationship between science and faith for all who view it.

Congratulations to all involved in this memorable occasion especially the Principal Mary Moloney rsm and her staff and students.

Messages to: Mary Dennett rsm 

See images of the new Science Centre HERE