Last night, more than 100 members of the St Joseph’s Nudgee College community gathered in Mary’s Mall, for the rededication and blessing of the Cleary Building.

As guests arrived, a few managed to get a quick preview of the facility, while others enjoyed performances by various College music students.

During the official proceedings, Dean of Identity Ms Erin Wedge provided a short history of the building.

The facility, which was originally opened in the 1970s as the Monsignor Cleary Library, is now a hub for Art and Music, featuring nine individual art studios, two art classrooms with breakout spaces, internal and external courtyards for sculpture and clay work, specialised Mac laboratories, framing and mounting spaces, screen and printing darkroom facilities, a large ensemble room with stage, an integrated 32 keyboard music laboratory, nine instrumental studios, a large Senior elective Music studio, a jamhub room for recording and music production, rehearsal spaces, and a shared internal gallery space.

Also officially rededicated and blessed last night was the Br Vic Larkin Student Centre, which is an extension from the Art and Music areas, and has been in use for the past 18 months.

The centre is the home of Student Formation, and as Principal Mr Peter Fullagar put it, is suitably named after Nudgee College icon Br Vic Larkin.

“It is appropriate that the centre’s purpose is the care and support of students,” he said.

The evening concluded with an opportunity for all guests to explore the building, many of whom had their own personal tour guides, in the form of their son.