On St Vincent’s Day, 15 June, the College community came together to celebrate the much anticipated opening of the Mark 2:22 Atrium. This project was highly aspirational from the outset with a desire to join together three major teaching blocks and the Boarding House of the College into an integrated educational precinct.
There were many challenges during the construction phase that tested the patience and fortitude of every teacher and student who was coping with classrooms being adjacent to a very active and noisy building site. The builders and contractors were profoundly challenged by the weather, the age of the heritage infrastructure and the audacious design of the new Atrium. Despite the
very many delays, frustrations and compromises during the two and a half years of building, the finished Atrium is greatly admired by all who use it on a daily basis.
The ease of access around the campus, and the ability to move and gather under the protection of the Atrium have transformed the way the College operates and celebrates. Already the Atrium has been the venue for an ANZAC Day remembrance, Easter liturgies, a boarders’ dance, a parent cocktail party and a variety of learning activities.
In choosing a name for the Atrium, we wanted to acknowledge the radical nature of the building. This willingness to go to the edge and take on new ways is also found in the generosity of spirit of the Sisters of Charity who founded Mary Aikenhead Ministries as a means of responding to the signs of the times for religious life and the Church. So the scripture reference, Mark 2:22, captures and celebrates the daily commitment of the St Vincent’s College community to be prophetic
in responding to the signs of the times.
The opening of the Atrium was a joyful celebration, presided at by Bishop Terence Brady. Guest speaker was Dr Tessa Ho, Chair of the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and a cherished ex-student of St Vincent’s College.