by PETER OWENS
The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension.
The St Peter’s College Foundation has announced that their 50th Anniversary Project will be the upgrade and extension of the school chapel. The college is set to mark its 50th jubilee with celebrations planned for January 25-27.
While the college buildings were all functional when it opened in 1969, a classroom served as a chapel for small groups until a proper college chapel could be built. This chapel was opened by Bishop John Kavanagh in 1979.
Due to its age, it is now in need of an upgrade to ensure it continues to move forward with the school into the future. Major repair work was carried out on the roof in the year 2000, but other than that, it’s still in its original condition.
The chapel receives no funding from elsewhere and it does not fall under the jurisdiction of either the Ministry of Education or the Catholic Church. So the St Peter’s College Foundation stepped in.
The proposed upgrade and extension to the chapel will include a new entry foyer, extended multi-use classrooms with outdoor pergolas radiating to the north, toilet and kitchen facilities and Indoor outdoor flow to a new paved, terraced and landscaped, north-facing outdoor area, suitable for outdoor masses, school and community events.